The 2017 World Rally Championship season kicked off this weekend with the historic Rallye Monte Carlo. It's the oldest event on the calendar, and features plenty of night stages and ice covered pavement. The conditions are usually abysmal, but that doesn't mean the cars are slow. Not at all.
For the 2017 WRC season, manufacturers like Ford, Toyota, and Citroën have built brand new vehicles for this year, each with advanced all-wheel-drive systems, high-strung turbocharged engines, and extremely aggressive aero. Additionally, for the Monte Carlo Rally, cars are allowed to run studded winter tires, meaning they'll have even more grip as they hit the tight, tree-lined stages.
Youtuber got to catch some of the cars in action as they flew through the stages on Friday. In addition to the top spec hatches, lower-class cars like a Porsche GT3 make an appearance as well. Despite the broken pavement, low temperatures, and nearly zero runoff, the cars are moving exceedingly fast. Watch for yourself as they zoom by and kick up some dust. They're fast. Really, astonishingly fast.