To win on the trails flowing through the sierra above La Cumbre, north of Cordoba, an excellent knowledge of the terrain is required as some areas are often enveloped in a heavy fog, sometimes at altitudes nearing 2,000 meters.
This event has been part of the World Rally Championship since the early 1980's and remains one of the most appreciated by the drivers. Firstly, for its outlay within the mountains which offers magnificent and varied stages. Secondly, for the greetings from the Argentinian fans whom are always warm and enthustiastic.
As is the case with Mexico, Argentina is one of the highest-altitude settings of the season, therefore requiring special preparations for the engines due to their lessened power at such elevations above sea level. The trails, sometimes very hard on the cars, demand robust settings.
Initially competed in July during Argentina's winter, the rally has since been rescheduled for May in order to take advantage of more favorable weather conditions.
The principal characteristics of the Argentinian stages are their high altitude (between 700 and 1,800 meters) and the famous fords ran by at high speed. Certain portions are covered with rolling hills alternating with rocky sections – sometimes with obstacles almost preventing passage. The gravel stages of the South American meet are both sinuous and extremely rapid with frequent traction variations, especially in the mountains near Villa Carlos Paz.
New for 2007, Rally Argentina returns to Buenos Aires as the start will be given from the capital city itself for the first time since 1991. Apart from that modification, the rest of the stages will be taken on the same trails as last year.