FOR CARS sliding broadside through woodland corners, throwing
up grand showers of mud and gravel from narrow, knobby tires, performance rallying
is, like soccer, perhaps the most popular form of automotive competition that most
Americans have never heard of.
The excitement is undeniable, as anyone who has caught, say, the Swedish rally on cable TV will tell you. Small, high-performance cars snarl down a snow-covered road, often as not sideways or even airborne, all in search of the fastest time of the day.
This is performance rallying, and the best in the world rallyings big leagues is the World Rally Championship (WRC). Growing from on-road rallies in Europe after World War II, rallying was formalized as the WRC in 1968.
Subarus full-scale participation in WRC competition began in 1990 in the grueling Safari Rally, placing sixth overall and winning the stock class in a rally that most dont finish.
By 1995, Subaru had become a mainstay of the WRC circuit, winning five of the eight championship events to win the manufacturers title. Two more titles, all in special versions of the Impreza, followed in 1996 and 1997. Subaru still continues as a front-runner in the hotly contested WRC, battling the factory rally teams of Citroen, Mitsubishi, Ford, Peugeot and others.
You can follow the latest WRC news on the Internet at www.swrt.com (Subaru World Rally Team) or going to
Please visit www.driveperformance.subaru.com for more information about Subaru involvement in World Rallying.