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Want to Rally? Here’s the Gear You Need

April 2, 2015 Cars : Vehicle Gear By Photo by Henry Phillips
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Once you’ve brushed up on your WRC history, taken your first steps to becoming a rally driver, and learned key driving maneuvers, you’ll be itching to go racing. And, with rally on the rise, there’s never been an easier time to jump in a car and start competing. But, before you become the next Stig Blumqvist, you’re going to need a few essentials; here’s your guide to the ensemble.

GET A CAR, TOO: An Audi Sport Quattro | Maybe a Lancia Stratos? | Consider a Subaru WRX

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Alpinestars 2015 GP Start Boot Cut Suit

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The Body Saver: FIA- and SFI-certified heat-resistant aramidic fiber (kevlar), lightweight and cut for the perfect driving position — this beats anything Tom Ford’s putting out.

HANS Sport II

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The Support System: Invaluable protection from whiplash and strong negative acceleration, the HANS device has become a must-have in any type of motorsport.

Alpinestars 2015 Tech 1-Z

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The Manicure Protector: Everything you need and nothing you don’t. Alpinestars combines Nomex fire-resistant construction, leather palms and silicone-accented fingertips into a glove that still feels thin and breathable.

Alpinestars 2015 Tech 1-T

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The Pedicure Protector: Like its siblings, the 1-T shoe is FIA certified and heat resistant. It’s also ultra lightweight and has a grippy sole, which makes heel-toeing a breeze.

Team O’Neil Ford Fiesta ST

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The Main Event: About as good of a two-wheel-drive rally car as there is right now, the race-prepped Fiesta boasts a strengthened chassis, FIA-spec roll cage, sequential gearbox and adjustable suspension (among other highlights).

Stilo WRC DES Carbon

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The Backup Plan: Snell rated, HANS prepped and microphone boom integrated (that’s Stilo’s trademark), this helmet provides everything you need, nothing you don’t. Or, if you want to meet the super strict FIA 8860 certification that’s used in WRC and F1, you’ll have to hand over an extra $6,000 for the WRC DES ZERO

Team O’Neil Arrive and Drive

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The Logistics: Includes a rental car, crew, accommodations, tires, fuel and post-event re-prep.

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