Dakar vs WRC – what’s the difference?

We take a look beneath the skin of Prodrive’s Hunter T1+ and compare it with the WRC's Rally1 beasts

Sebastien Loeb and Fabian Lurquin

Feeds full of Dakar right now? But Monte Carlo and the start of a new World Rally Championship adventure is looming ever larger.

Now more than ever, the WRC and W2RC are right at the forefront of fans’ minds.

And that brings that perennial question: what’s the difference. How does Sébastien Loeb’s Prodrive-built desert rocketship Hunter compare with Sébastien Ogier’s WRC title defending Toyota GR Yaris Rally1?

DirtFish caught up with engineering ace Chris Roberts – a man who’s worked at the top of both disciplines – to get the lowdown on what makes both cars work in their relative environments.