Production Road Car
This will be pretty much as it came off the production line. No
significant modifications to the vehicle, mechanically and visually
Modified Road Car from a performance tuning house such as Cosworth,
This will have started initially as a standard Production Road car.
A specialist tuning company will have modified the car in various
ways to create a performance enhanced vehicle. Modifications carried
out could include engine, chassis, bodywork, etc.
This car will have been "inspired by" one (or possibly more) persons
imagination, aspiration, or dream. It may have one or more themes
going on at the same time. The theme may be based on one or more
cars, or may be just a general kind of rally theme with just
stickers and spotlights.
A tribute car is likely to be a standard production car
that has been painted to superficially resemble a specific works
or privateer rally car.
The interior may have been removed to be replaced with
competition seats and harnesses. Often a "toy" cage is fitted
(basic bolt in cage, suitable for visual display, track days,
etc.). However, the vehicle will lack the necessary
modifications that will allow it to pass scrutiny, and therefore
not be eligible to enter Stage Rally events.It
should therefore not be referred to as a "rally car".
A Replica rally car is a replica of a specific rally car, and as
such it should match the original vehicle as closely as possible.
Ideally, the vehicle should be at least a 95% copy of the original
vehicle. This should also include the safety modifications (roll
cage, fire extinguisher system, etc.) that match or exceed those
fitted to the original car, and the car should therefore be able to
pass rally scrutiny to the same degree as the original car.
Some Replica's have been built to exactly replicate the original
car, and certain unscrupulous owners have either claimed the replica
to be the original vehicle, or have implicitly created such an
illusion by failing to point out that their vehicle is not actually
the original vehicle.
It is therefore important that the owners of replicas make clear
that their vehicle is not the original.