The World Rally Car Quiz


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About This Quiz

Car rallies test the limits of vehicles and drivers on long, hard courses. How much do you know about World Rally Cars and the World Rally Championship? Take this quiz to test your knowledge.

What year did the first World Rally Championship take place?

The races have evolved and changed substantially since 1973.

How many points do drivers earn for a first-place finish?

First place gets 25 points; second place gets 18; third place gets 15.

Which racing organization crafts the specifications for World Rally Cars?

The FIA also organizes the World Rally Championship.

What happens at a historic rally?

Teams use older cars in this event, which is also know as classic rallying.

World Rally Car engines have how many cylinders?

The four-cylinder specification applies to every car for the purpose of fairness.

How many miles might a World Rally Car driver travel on a typical day?

And most of that 250 miles is traversed at breakneck speeds.

Superstar driver Erik Carlsson drove for which manufacturer?

He drove for Saab and finished first or second in nearly every race.

In liters, what's the specified engine displacement for World Rally Cars?

The specified engine displacement is 1.6 liters. They are turbo engines, too.

What are pacenotes?

The navigator relays detailed messages throughout the race.

Compared to normal stages, "super special stages" at rally events have what trait?

They are so short that each team's time is often nearly the same.

Unlike most modern cars, World Rally Cars lack which critical feature?

Drivers rely on their experience and instincts to maintain control.

Recce refers to which pre-race process?

Detailed notes on the course are critical to the team's success.

What's the maximum brake horsepower for World Rally Cars?

Three hundred horsepower is a lot for lightweight cars.

About how many hours does it take to build a World Rally Car to correct specifications?

Engineers will strip a factory-made car to its frame and then rebuild it, which can take about 500 hours.

What is the so-called "transport stage"?

Between stages drivers guide their vehicles to the start of the next round

How fast can many World Rally Cars go from zero to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour)?

Most street cars are nowhere near fast enough to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in five seconds.

A "regularity rally" is also sometimes called what?

The TSD rallies are often held on public roads and don't require high speeds.

How many support championships are there in the World Rally Championship?

There are three: the Junior World Rally Championship, the World Rally Championship 2 and the World Rally Championship 3.

In which kind of rally are public roads closed to regular traffic?

Race organizers work with police to keep traffic off of the race route in a stage rally.

The World Rally Championship 2 was formerly denoted as what?

Rules for the World Rally Championship 2 cars are different than that of the other two racing classes.

What is the maximum restrictor size of R5 rally cars?

The maximum diameter of the restrictor is 32 millimeters. Restrictors limit the maximum output of turbocharged engines.

Most racing seasons are made up of how many rallies?

Drivers accumulate points at the end of each of the 13 rallies.

Which driving trick sends the car into a slide around a curve?

Handbrake turns send the car into a slide. Controlled slides are a critical part of rallying.

To what does the heel-and-toe technique refer?

The technique involves hitting the brakes and gas at the same time. Done properly as a driver enters a turn, it allows the engine's revolutions per minute to jump and pull the car quickly onto the straightaway.

What is "yumping"?

Aggressive drivers routinely send their cars airborne when they reach hills.

The 1000 Lakes Rally is held in which country?

It's now known as Rally Finland.

What's a danger of the Scandinavian flick?

The technique uses inertia to fling vehicles around curves quickly, but it's also hazardous and can cause rollover.

The effect of turbo restrictors is most noticeable above which amount of revolutions per minute?

Power is decreased but engine torque actually increases above 5,000 revolutions per minute.

What is a benefit of left-foot braking?

It harnesses inertia to help drivers take corners faster.

The Acropolis Rally is known for what conditions?

The dusty rally is held on rocky mountain roads.

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