MORE ABOUT RALLY CROSS
Videos of European-style rally cross events provide a sense of what rally cross has to offer for fans.
For U.S. events, Rally America describes the competition this way: "The course will be a combination of pavement and gravel surfaces totaling about one mile in length. It will include jumps, unbanked turns, hills, and transitions between pavement and gravel … The three-minute sprint heats will see competition between six cars on the track at once. The winners advance through the day to the main event finale."
Preliminary information about Rally America rally cross:
- Rally America drivers in good standing with a National or Regional License are eligible.
- The two classes are for four-wheel drive (4WD) and two-wheel drive (2WD).
- For 4WD models sold in the United States:
- Engine displacement maximum – 2,700cc, with forced induction
- 45mm restrictor
- Weight with driver – 3,000-pound minimum
- Active center differential OK
- For 4WD models not sold in the United States:
Engine displacement maximum – 2,058cc, with forced induction
Weight with driver – 3,000-pound minimum
Active center differential not permitted
At least 50 percent of the engine block must be ahead of the front wheels' centerline
- Variable valve timing not permitted
- For 2WD:
Any Rally America 2WD vehicle
- Miscellaneous highlights:
Catalytic converters not required
Water injection and water spray prohibited
Sound check/noise limiters not enforced (unless required by local ordinance)
Cars must have two working brake lights (which may be installed in the rear window area)
Maximum wheel diameter – 18 inches