World Rally Championship is an amazing motorsport series held around the world in some of the most exotic destinations.
Since 2011, the WRC car specifications are a 1.6L, direct injected turbo charged engine with a maximum pressure of 2.5 bar through a 33mm air inlet, which limits power to about 230kW and 430Nm with a minimum weight of 1350kg . In this configuration, World Rally Cars are very, very fast as can be evidenced by the video below.
Recently I watched a video on The Smoking Tire which showcased a young New Zealand rally car driver named Alex Kelsey who has manufactured his own WRC inspired rally car, yes you read that correctly – he built himself a world rally car.
Unlike a World Rally Car, Alex’s creation didn’t have those same limitations – so he is packing a naturally aspirated 3.5L V6 from a Formula Renault that produces 335kW (450hp) and his car is more than 200kg lighter than a WRC specification vehicle. It hauls arse, 0-100kph in 2.6s and 0-200kph in 7.0s flat.
I love the sound of it, it screams like an angry banshee and would make WRC even more of an awesome spectator sport – like when F1 still ran V10 and V12 engines!