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Exploring Why Mercedes-Benz and BMW Steer Clear of WRC: A Tale of Engineering and Strategic Choices
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Exploring Why Mercedes-Benz and BMW Steer Clear of WRC: A Tale of Engineering and Strategic Choices

  By Score More Staff The World Rally Championship (WRC) stands as a pinnacle of off-road racing prowess, demanding vehicles and drivers that can conquer diverse terrains with finesse and agility. While manufacturers like Ford, Toyota, and Hyundai have etched their names into WRC history, notable German marques Mercedes-Benz and BMW have notably stayed on the sidelines. Let's unravel the complexities behind their absence and explore why these automotive giants have opted out of the exhilarating world of WRC. Mercedes-Benz: The Legacy of the 190E and DTM Dominance In the annals of motorsport lore, Mercedes-Benz's foray into rallying was a brief yet significant chapter. During the Group B era's emergence, Mercedes envisioned the 190E as its rally contender. However, th...
Debunking the Myth: Are Rally Drivers Truly Better Than F1 Drivers?
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Debunking the Myth: Are Rally Drivers Truly Better Than F1 Drivers?

By Score More Staff The age-old debate of whether rally drivers possess superior driving skills compared to Formula 1 (F1) drivers continues to ignite passionate discussions among motorsport enthusiasts. While both disciplines demand exceptional talent and expertise behind the wheel, each presents unique challenges that shape the capabilities of their respective drivers. Let's delve deeper into the nuanced differences and similarities between rally and F1 driving to unravel the truth behind this intriguing question. The Art of Rally Driving Rally driving is often hailed as a test of true grit and versatility. Rally drivers navigate a diverse array of surfaces, from mud and gravel to ice and tarmac, each presenting its own set of traction challenges. Unlike the controlled e...
Unraveling the Drift: Why WRC Cars Drift with Hand Brakes but Commuter Cars Don’t
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Unraveling the Drift: Why WRC Cars Drift with Hand Brakes but Commuter Cars Don’t

By Score More Staff The sight of World Rally Championship (WRC) cars gracefully sliding through tight corners with the aid of hand brakes is a spectacle that captivates motorsport enthusiasts worldwide. But why is it that WRC cars exhibit this dynamic maneuver while commuter cars on our streets do not? The answer lies in a blend of driver skill, vehicle configuration, and specialized techniques unique to the realm of professional rallying. Driver Skill and Vehicle Configuration To understand why WRC cars are capable of drifting when hand brakes are applied, one must first acknowledge the caliber of drivers behind the wheel. WRC drivers possess exceptional talent and years of training, enabling them to manipulate their vehicles with precision and finesse under extreme condi...
Tanak wins in Sweden to take WRC lead
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Tanak wins in Sweden to take WRC lead

Feb 12 (Reuters) - Estonian Ott Tanak won Rally Sweden for M-Sport Ford on Sunday to take the lead in the world rally championship after two rounds. Tanak, who left Hyundai for M-Sport at the end of last year, finished 18.7 seconds clear of Hyundai's Irish part-timer Craig Breen for Ford's first win since Sebastien Loeb in Monte Carlo last year -- a wait of 385 days. Hyundai's Thierry Neuville was third with Toyota's reigning world champion Kalle Rovanpera fourth. Tanak now has 41 points to Rovanpera's 38 with Neuville third on 32. "It obviously means a lot to me, to come into a new car and deliver to these guys," said Tanak. "It's a big effort for them to fight against such big manufacturers." Breen took a strategic 10-second penalty before the final stage to lift Neuville, who is ...
Ogier beats Loeb to break Monte Carlo win record
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Ogier beats Loeb to break Monte Carlo win record

The Frenchman Sébastien Ogier (Toyota Yaris) won the Monte Carlo Rally, in Monaco, and became the driver with the most triumphs in the mythical opening race of the World Rally Championship, with nine victories. Ogier concluded the Monegasque rally with a time of 3.12.02 hours, beating in just 18.8 seconds the runner-up, Finnish Kalle Rovanpera, title champion also in a Toyota Yaris. The Belgian Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20) was third, 44.6 seconds behind the Frenchman. With this victory, Ogier is isolated at the top of the list of drivers with the most victories in Monte Carlo, surpassing Sébastien Loeb, a compatriot who also started the year breaking records... but in the Dakar Rally: he achieved the highest number of consecutive victories (6) in a single edition of the all-...
Sébastien Ogier lidera Monte Carlo
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Sébastien Ogier lidera Monte Carlo

Sébastien Ogier, from the Toyota Yaris, was in the spotlight on the first day of the Monte Carlo Rally. In the opening race of the World Championship, the French driver already has more than half a minute of advantage over the competition. Ogier won four of the six specials of the day, finishing 36 seconds ahead of second place, Finnish world champion Kalle Rovanpera, and 37.9 seconds over third, Belgian Thierry Neuville. “I am very pleased, obviously. The risk of getting a hole was great so I took things more calmly. I'm pleased to have managed to bring the car to the end», said the Frenchman. On Saturday, the riders will go through another 111 timed kilometers.
World Rally Championship starts in Monte Carlo
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World Rally Championship starts in Monte Carlo

It is the return to the road of the WRC, with the 91st edition of the Monte Carlo, the starting rally of the 51st World Championship. The 2.29 km "shakedown" (Sainte-Agnés/Peille) is scheduled for the morning (starting at 8.31 am in mainland Portugal) and, for today, the first of four days of action, only two stages are planned, La Bollène-Vésubile-Col de Turini 1 (15.12 km, at 19.05 h) and La Cabanette-Col de Castillon (24.90 km, at 20.03 h). This year, in Monte Carlo, scoring race for the WRC (Rally1), WRC2 (Rally2) and WRC3 (Rally3), 75 participants, including 10 in the main category, with 4 Toyota, 3 Hyundai and 3 Ford in competition! The defending champion, Kalle Rovanpera, 22 years old from Finland, chose to keep the 69 in the GR Yaris Rally 1, giving up the right to participate w...