Introduced during the 2014 season, the WRC+ subscription service is an invaluable tool for any passionate rally fan looking to keep up to date with their favourite drivers and teams.
The service is available via the www.wrcplus.com website along with iOS and Android apps, some smart TV’s and the recently added NVIDIA Shield; the development team are also in the process of evaluating other options such as applications for the PS4 and XBOX One.
So what do you actually get for your monthly subscription fee?
Being able to view the live coverage wherever you are is perfect, with various time zones around the world it isn’t always possible to be sitting down in front of the TV, so having access to live streaming stages on the go is great, not only this you can access the coverage at a later time using the re-live service, so if you don’t fancy staying up to watch the coverage from China or Australia you can watch it whenever you like. The important thing to remember here is that it will bee a minimum of three live stages across the weekend as it would be a logistical nightmare to cover every stage over the weekend, this however is made up for the next available service within WRC+, the live maps.
The live map service has been constantly improving since the launch and recently added WRC2 to the options to be able to track drivers through a stage using live GPS data, including speed and position. Along with seeing that information you can also access the service park camera and WRC radio feeds all from the same screen. A number of timing options are available from overall times down to split times for the stages, letting you drill down and get the information you are looking for. Another interesting thing that can be tracked using this service is the location of the rally cars between the stages, so if you are wondering where your favourite driver is because he hasn’t turned up for the start of a stage you can check it out on the map.
On board Action
What’s better than seeing the rally action from the hot seat? You can now see pretty much any stage you like of a rally from any of the WRC drivers views. You can also compare on board videos side-by-side so you can check out exactly where Sébastien Ogier lost time to Hayden Paddon in the last stage of Rally Argentina. With an archive that dates back to the 2014 season there is hours of action to view at your leisure.
All of this combined with full highlights from the events, up to 156 minutes of high definition video content per event – a 26 minute preview show, three sets of 26 minute daily highlights, and 52 minutes of event highlights, all available on demand, pretty available hot off the press as soon as it has been edited.
There is also a number of special shows that reflect on the history of WRC, delving in to the archives and reliving classic battles, this will keep any rally fan occupied between events and the off season.
Our overall opinion of this service is a positive one, it helps to make the World Rally Championship a lot more accessible for rally fans around the world for a reasonable price. It’s also a service that is constantly being improved so can only get better!
If you are looking to trial the service keep a look out for offers, for example, for Rally Argentina you could grab a full month access of the service for €0.99!
- Product Title: WRC+
- Available on: Desktop/Laptop browsers, iOS app, Android app, NVIDIA Sheild, and some Smart TV’s
- Reviewed on: Desktop browser and iOS app
- Cost: €4.99 a month / €49.99 for 12 months
- Official URL: www.wrcplus.com