Toyota Yaris WRC car

WRC car price: Why does a rally car cost so much? To find an origin of!

WRC car price is an exorbitant amount. Yes, even more than you can imagine, and no – not as inconceivable as you might think. The actual cost of WRC rally car is a puzzle worthy of a real spy, but we can calculate it based on facts.

To find an original price:

In 2019, Citroen announced that it would withdraw from the World Rally Championship. After that, the Citroen C3 WRC were available to private individuals. Although the rally cars were not auctioned, there is no indication of a price. How do you find out for how much the rally cars of Sebastien Ogier and Esapekka Lappi went under the hammer?

How much does WRC2 car cost?

While WRC cars are only available through private auctions and closed sale. Drivers can purchase WRC2 cars via a request on the official website of the auction. Usually, old rally cars go on open sale for private collections. WRC2 cars cost about 190,000 to 230,000 USD, and the starting price at the auction starts at $150,000. It does not include taxes and fees, transportation and services.  Here are WRC2 rally cars for sale at motorsportauctions

  • Ford Fiesta R5 Evo2 – 153 000 – 170 000 USD,
  • Skoda Fabia R5 – 201 000 USD,
  • Ford Fiesta NCR / R5+ – 139 000 USD,
  • Skoda R5, Hyundai R5 EVO 3 for ask 

Ford Fiesta R5/ rally cars for sale
Ford Fiesta R5 for sale on motorsportauctions/ ID: 44735  
Ford Fiesta NCR for sale
Ford Fiesta NCR/ R5+ for sale on motorsportauctions/ ID: 44649  

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WRC2 car and WRC rally car are different, because of filling. Thus WRC car price is for a many times higher than 200,000 dollars.  M-Sport team owner Malcolm Wilson made it clear in an interview last year that there is a real gap is growing by the day:

Hyundai R5 EVO 3 for sale
Hyundai R5 EVO 3 for sale, price by request/ ID: 44987

What really concerns me is rallying going forward. You’re broadening the gap so much for any young aspiring drivers

Malcolm Wilson
Mikko Hirvonen’s Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car on Rally Italia Sardegna
Mikko Hirvonen’s Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car on Rally Italia Sardegna

WRC car price in 2014

In 2014, Mikko Hirvonen destroyed his Ford Fiesta R5 at the Sardinia Rally. On Friday afternoon, the Finn’s car caught fire on the section between stages three and four, and within minutes it was a black tarpaulin. Flames spread to the surrounding forest.

The financial implications to replace it are huge. You’re looking in excess of £400,000 and we don’t insure the rally cars, so that’s a big hit

Malcolm Wilson told

Hyundai I20 WRC car
Hyundai I20 WRC car

How much does WRC rally car cost?

At today’s exchange rate, converting 400,000 pounds – 556,000 USD – is the price of the new R5 Ford Fiesta in 2014. It turns out that the actual cost starts at 600,000 USD. It is easy to assume that the cost of the top WRC cars price in 2020-2021 can fluctuate by 1,000 000 USD and reach 1,700 000 USD.  Like the Toyota Yaris WRC or Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC. Their road versions cost :  Toyota Yaris GRMN – 36,000 USD,  Hyundai i20 Coupe – 20,000 USD, which is a 5 times cheaper.

Why does a rally car cost as much as a new house?

Compare the road version and the WRC version have only the design in common; and the similar things are only on the paper.  Just, look at Toyota Yaris WRC and Toyota Yaris GRMN, these are completely different cars. Consider for example Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC and Hyundai i20 Coupe on the official website.

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC and Hyundai i20 Coupe
Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC and Hyundai i20 Coupe

The difference of one million dollars is the money invested to make the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC the Hyundai i20 Coupe. These include:

  • Brand new, unique car parts and custom designs
  • Hours of testing in the factory and on the field
  • Work of mechanics, engineers, racing drivers, designers
  • Costs for logistics, insurance, etc.

WRC car price is the result of working with the highest technologies. And here is why the cost of any rally car is very much.  However, only professional engineer or rally drivers can understand how much the price is a reasonable, because that’s their job.