WRC Rally 2017: Background information

Everything you need to know about the
World Rally Championship 2017

Words: Werner Jessner
Photo: Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool

Faster, fatter and more full-on, new cars and new technical challenges are ushering in a radically different era in the World Rally Championship. But at what price does the fun come? What does it take to win? And how do you get into it? We have the answers

The 2017 WRC, organised by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile), takes place in 13 rounds, starting in Monte-Carlo on January 16 and finishing in Australia on November 19. 

You can watch every rally on Red Bull TV - with the day’s highlights on Fridays, highlights plus super stage live on Saturdays and a rally round-up on Sundays.

Find out everything you need to know about the World Championship Rally…:

  1. Costs & Technology
  2. Tips from champion Sébastien Ogier
  3. Second-hand rally cars in every price range
  4. How to become a rally driver
  5. How to become a co-driver
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1. Tech & Cost
Toyota Yaris

Spectacular: the Toyota Yaris as a World Rally car

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Winning is expensive! The tech behind the new Toyota Yaris WRC costs €5 million. To get a rally car, you have to pay for the body framework, transmission and drivetrain, the engine, interior fittings, and much more.

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2. Sébastien Ogier
Sébastien Ogier

Sébastien Ogier, 32, has swapped his VW Polo for a Ford Fiesta in 2017

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Rally drivers are the best drivers in the world. Four-time champion Sébastien Ogier reveals what we can learn from him to apply to our everyday driving.

Sébastien Ogier on how to stay cool when things get nasty

Rally drivers are the best drivers in the world. Four-time champion Sébastien Ogier reveals what we can learn from him to apply to our everyday driving

3. Second-hand rally cars
Ford Fiesta WRC

Manufactured in 2011, the Ford Fiesta WRC is the absolute winner for national championships

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Well worn in: seven second-hand rally cars for you and me, from super-budget to the historically valuable and the unbeatably quick.

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4. How to become a rally driver
How to become a rally driver

Sebastien Ogier (FRA), Dani Sordo (ESP) and Thierry Neuville (BEL) celebrate the podium during the FIA World Rally Championship 2016

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It’s a long way to the top: Even the greats had to start somewhere. This is your route to the cockpit of a works car.

How to become a rally driver - Facts, tips and tricks

Facts, tips and tricks on how to become a rally driver. The Red Bulletin - The international men's active lifestyle magazine

5. How to become a co-driver

Julien Ingrassia (FRA), used calm and vision to guide Sébastien Ogier to four successive WRC titles

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No one is closer to the action than the co-driver. You have to be fearless and modest. Most importantly, you have to use your brain, not the gas. Here are 11 tips for a successful career.

How to become a rally co-driver - 11 tips

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