The grueling contest spans 13 rounds from January and November, with each round taking place in a different country. The race is unique in that sponsor countries do not always correspond with the country in which the long-distance rally takes place. For example, the French leg spans the Tour de Corse, with the round divided into 15-25 stages throughout Corsica.
The vehicles driven in the WRC have road cars as their genesis and are required to be equipped with full-harness seat belts and roll cages. As a general rule, they are lighter and feature more power under the hood than standard road vehicles. They may also be fitted with features such as studded tires when competing on snowy terrain. The most famous World Rally course runs along the slopes above Monte Carlo on the Mediterranean.