Tuesday, January 04, 2005


I love WRC!

For those who don't know what WRC is, let me tell you. It is the premier racing league in the world, maybe compareable to F1. It stands for the World Rally Championship. The cars are all based on production models like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, Subaru Impreza, and Ford Focus. They are all 2.0 Liter engines, turbocharged with restrictor plates that limit power production to around 300 hp. They are all 4WD cars with active limited slip differentials, meaning they are ridiculously expensive and controlled by computers, but I think the FIA, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile
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  • is changing those to passive to make it cheaper for private teams to be competitive.

    The cars are meticulously engineered to withstand the enormous amounts of abuse thrown at these cars. Tons of different tires, gravel, snow, tarmac, mixed, etc. and I think either made by Michelin or Pirelli, at least those are the two that are worn by the top teams. Last year Sebastian Loeb won the drivers championship for Citroen in their Xsara WRC car. He and the car are French seen here in Germany So he won the driver's championship and Citroen won the manufacturer's championship. The drivers come from all over the world (but not here) but mainly Asia and Europe primarily. This season should prove to be quite exciting, just like all the others. But to catch a glimpse you must have Speedvision or whatever it's called now. Speed Channel I think. Here is the list for the rallies, I plan to watch all from the edge of my seat.

    Monte Carlo 21 - 23 January 2005
    Sweden 11 - 13 February 2005
    Mexico 11 - 13 March 2005
    New Zealand 8 - 10 April 2005
    Italy 29 April - 1 May 2005
    Cyprus 13 - 15 May 2005
    Turkey 3 - 5 June 2005
    Greece 24 - 26 June 2005
    Argentina 15 - 17 July 2005
    Finland 5 - 7 August 2005
    Germany 26 - 28 August 2005
    Great Britain 16 - 18 September 2005
    Japan 30 September - 2 October 2005
    France 21 - 23 October 2005
    Spain 28 - 30 October 2005
    Australia 11 - 13 November 2005

    Almost forgot
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