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NETWORK Q RAC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Strap yourself in, pile on the revs and watch for the flag. You're one of motorsport's elite, facing 28 gruelling stages in the world's toughest test on wheels - the Network Q RAC Rally!

Rally Championship is THE definitive motorsport simulation of the decade! It's all there, from frighteningly realistic handling of six high-performance cars to superbly textured 3D panoramic views of nearly 300 miles of roads and tracks.

Driving in rain, snow and fog through both day and night, you must cope with different vehicle behaviour on a variety of surfaces. Shove off the seconds with power slides on the bends and you're top of the high score table. Make a minute error of judgement and you're on the roof with a damaged vehicle to repair!

You select your car from an impressive line-up complete with sound effects recorded from the actual vehicles and hundreds of different options ensure that you need never drive the same race twice! Three different views give you two interior and a 'chase' perspective and there are many sound and music options. You can customise your vehicle, set the weather and road conditions and oversee the car's service and repair.

It's not surprising that Rally Championship is the only product of its kind to be officially endorsed by the RAC Motorsport Division. The only way you'll beat it is yo jump in a car and do the real thing! 
~from the back of the box

Network Q RAC Rally Championship is the first sequel in Europress' long-running series of rally games (Lombard RAC Rally is often considered the first, but has a different development and publishing team behind it). Now developed by Magnetic Fields, the folks behind the Lotus Esprit series, Rally Championship now uses a fully 3D engine. It still looks good too in blocky retro kind of way. A feat considering it was released in 1996.

The base game has a number of stages, all available from the off, and offers some decent variety in weather and lighting. RAC Rally takes place entirely in the UK so the variety of locales isn't the best, but each track is well designed and plays well too (though I do recommend changing the default control options).

If there's one thing that really impresses me, it's the AI of your computer-controlled competitors. They don't appear to follow a set path, swerving and weaving around the tracks as if there's a mind behind them. You may even witness an unfortunate crash in the distance that's lead to an entertaining pile-up of cars - you may be one of them too unless you have the skill and reflexes to scoot on by.

The next year, an addon called X-Miles hit store shelves. It increases the number of tracks by 10 and these are far more extreme and imaginative than those that take place in the British countryside. There are now desert tracks, wild planes and a long and winding tunnel to add to the variety. They're every bit as fun as the original 28 and worth the hassle to get running on DOSBox (for some reason, it breaks all digital sound options except for Gravis Ultrasound).

I had faint praise for the original Network Q RAC Rally, with its 2D scaling sprites feeling archaic and not in a good way. Rally Championship is a vast improvement and was probably one of the best PC racing games of its day.


To download the game, follow the link below. This custom installer exclusive to The Collection Chamber uses the DOSBox Daum build of DOSBox 0.74 to bring the game to modern systems. Manual included. Tested on Windows 10.

File Size: 242 Mb.  Install Size: 332 Mb.  Need help? Consult the Collection Chamber FAQ

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Network Q RAC Rally Championship is © Europress Software
Review, Cover Design and Installer created by me


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11 comments:

  1. I think this one was the first racing game I played where I had the feeling that the car was going out of my control and kind of felt fine.

    I love it.

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    1. It is great! I've been playing the follow up for a future post and it's not nearly as good for some reason.

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  2. Theres a problem whit one of the mini cut movie scene (the one whit the two guys driving in front of the camera) that when it plays the game frezze and then quit to desktop... and i think also happend to me with the original game way back in 96/97

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    1. To be fair, I didn't pay much attention to the videos over the gameplay. I'll look into it when I have the time.

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    2. "movie scene (the one with the two guys driving in front of the camera)"

      THAT, alongside with Malcolm Wilson's Michelin Pilot Ford Escort RS Cosworth (No. 4) drifting by at the end of the intro.

      A 1 in 50 Chance, that game would suddenly freeze & exit, everytime these 2 FMV videos play. Other times it plays & nothing happens. I automatically skip, everytime it plays, whenever I finished a very long stage to prevent my progress from being lost.

      PS: The "one with the two guys driving in front of the camera" part - I found out that it's an onboard dash face cam of Tapio Laukkanen (Finland, Driver) & Tapio Järvi (Finland, Co-Driver), tackling a stage in a Volkswagen Golf GTi 16V Mk3 (1995 Perth Scottish Rally).

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  3. The sequel to this had worse graphics and yet was praised for having better graphics


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  4. Hey, Thanks for this upload. But i'm wondering if you fixed the issue reported on September 3, 2019? Also, do you have any plans for release Rally Championship 2000, the true sequel to this game?

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    1. That bug was present when I was playing the game 20 odd years ago. I can't imagine there's a fix for it.

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    2. We do have Rally Championship 2000 on our request list and will aim to feature it at some point in the future. As for the bug on this one there's no much we can do about that I'm afraid.

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  5. Points of Interest of the game:

    - The game is based on the entire 1995 Network Q Rally GB, EXCEPT the terrains & conditions of some stages.

    Since there's a Subaru in the game with the official factory works paint scheme, and it's been over 25 Years = Let's. Re-enact. History!

    - The FMVs are actually footages from the 1995 Perth Scottish Rally (Round 3 Of 5, GBRC).

    Up until 1992 Lombard Rally GB, the Scottish stages were once proudly part of the RAC Rally Itinerary route.

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  6. Biff can you stress that this game has the longest rally stages of any - one track is 58 km and can take over 25 minutes to finish.

    This is one of the reasons why it is admired by rally enthusiasts today.

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