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Dismal Outlook for WRC

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The World Rally Championship is pinnacle of rally sports and yet it's a dying breed. Over the years iconic manufacturers have been dropping out of the race and only small private teams now drive such cars that once use to be in the spot light. At first it wasn't many, but now it's seriously down to just TWO manufacturers, Ford and Citroen. It's utterly ridiculous.But should we let it die? It really begs the question, should the WRC gracefully back away? I'm sure many many fans would argue that it would be a great travesty, but honestly would it? I would argue that it would be actually very healthy for the sport if WRC no longer existed.

The sport has become more disconnected from the manufacturers in the past decades and has become very costly to compete. Currently there are no actual cars being produced that can be really compared to the WRC. Ford doesn't even make a Focus that is AWD, at least no in the US. Yet they have a 400hp awd monster tearing it up all over the world in the WRC. It's fun to watch these crazy machines, but it doesn't get us closer to actually owning one of these cool AWD beasts like Subaru or Mitsubishi has offered. And the questions is WHY? The PWRC, is the same as the World Rally Championship, but only for Production cars. It's a more humble bracket for rally racing, however they race on the same courses that all the top WRC drivers race on, only they do it with cars that the public can actually buy.

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This brings me to the fact that we have great cars like Evo X and the current STI. Manufacturers must actually build rally cars that people can buy to be able to have them compete in the PWRC. If the WRC didn't exist PWRC would be the next major rally event to watch, this would bring more viewers and more interest in the PWRC class. More manufacturers may find it in their interest to build competent rally cars and people who buy them may feel more connected to the sport, feeding a cycle of good business and marketing.

This would also help out with the aftermarket business as well as. It's a win-win for everyone. Manufacturers would be able to have access to a more affordable form of motorsports advertising and people would be able to get more of the sport they love to watch as well as the chance to own the machines they drool over as pros show how fast you can go around a dirt corner on four wheels (sometimes only on two).