When you imagine the World Rally Championship, you probably imagine something like Rally Finland. The “Rally of 1000 Lakes” is all wide gravel roads that cut through hilly forests, making it the ideal location for just about every short clip of a historic rally car going over a jump at full throttle you have ever seen. The event is still an anchor of the WRC schedule and races over some of the biggest jumps in the sport, including one so big that participants measure the distance a car covers over it. That leads to moments like this:
M Sport WRC driver Adrien Formaux cleared 68 meters on this jump, equivalent to over 224 feet. On gravel. Then, his 2017-spec Fiesta WRC car landed at full throttle and simply kept going along the rally stage at full power as if nothing had happened. On gravel.
It’s the sort of thing you expect from Rally Finland. Not every jump is so extreme, but just about every stage has a few jumps. An on-board from Toyota driver Elfyn Evans shows that the typical Rally Finland stage is not any easier:
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