In our opinion, rallying is the most complete automotive discipline that exists today. Showmanship and risk coexist on asphalt, gravel, mud, ice, snow and sand. Accompanied by rain, cold or extreme heat, and under the sunlight or moonlight, many of these conditions can occur almost simultaneously within a few kilometers. But the feature that makes it so special compared to most racing disciplines is that in that small space – the rally car cockpit – coexist two people. The responsibility for the success or failure is shared almost equally. If any word could define this relationship between the two its the word “trust”.
In most cases the driver’s work completely overshadows the co-driver’s which makes sense since the driver is directly responsible to go fast or slow, or drive the vehicle more or less skillfully or amazingly. But nevertheless the navigator is an essential part of the crew.
Overlooking fans often ignore the co-driver’s functions which can make one lose interest and oversee the importance of this responsibility. This is why through the contents of this website we will attempt to dissect the work of the co-driver and convey their emotions to bring it closer to the general public therefore trying to explain why many people if given a choice … will choose the driver’s seat.
First of all make no mistake; in rallying many bad moments pass by. Things do not always go the way you want to, breakdowns, accidents, abandonments, tension, frustration, stress … they all occur quite frequently in this world. The effort is not always rewarded. But the overall experiences lived can outweigh all these bad moments.
For a co-driver there is nothing more rewarding (and more stressful) to know that you are the driver’s eyes, and that the driver has blind faith in you, in your pacenotes, and follows your instructions at neck braking speeds.
Speed, risk, adrenaline and tension are features commonly found in many sports. But rallying contains them all and in very high doses. All these feelings have an attraction hard to explain, and the co-driver makes the most of each one of these from his seat.
A delight for the senses. This view conveys a difficult scene to understand by someone who has never experienced it firsthand. The roar of engines and the smell of gasoline and burning rubber end up being pleasing to the ear and the nose.
Finally we found a video that best shows what we want to convey in our article. If a picture is a thousand words then by watching this there are too many words to put down. If anyone asks why you like rallying and you don’t know how to put it words then you can show them this video. Congratulations to the author of this and thanks for sharing. Some are more image quality … others more quality content.
If everything we’ve told you these lines conveys some kind of emotion. Do not hesitate. Why not CO-DRIVER?