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Pay TV’s Discovery Channel in Europe is about to screen a brand new six-part series on the World Rally Championship.

With exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to one of the world's top three rally teams for the entire 2006 season, "Engineering the World Rally" is a unique insight into the deeply secretive world of big-budget motorsport.  

At the heart of this in-depth new series is the unfolding human drama. The World Rally Championship is second only to Formula One in terms of prestige, budget and worldwide audience; for this series, the British-run Subaru World Rally Team opens its doors to Discovery's film crews and bares all.

A gripping saga unfolds as this top team - and their star driver, 2003 World Champion Petter Solberg - endure the worst year they've ever had. Driver issues, endless car trouble, tyre problems and just pure bad luck see them constantly fighting to keep pace with their rivals.

The high points roll in as they valiantly fight for small triumphs. But it's the depths of the low points which really wrench the heart; at times, seeing them reeling from yet another setback is hard to watch.

Added to the mix is spectacular, eye-popping action and, of course, carnage.  World Rallying is by far the most spectacular form of motorsport in the world and there are frequent jaw-dropping moments as the world's top drivers (some rated higher than any F1 driver) show what they can do with their machinery. And sometimes not!  

Along the way, "Engineering the World Rally" also delivers fascinating insights - as the name suggests - into the engineering of the cars. Amazing "need to know" stuff really adds to the enjoyment of the drama, with details about how the cars are designed, built, tested and then kept on the road after the severe pounding they get every time the drivers take them out.  

A unique series, with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access which turns motorsport into gripping drama. Not to be missed!  

A clip from the series can be seen on the Subaru World Rally Team website.

It is not yet known when the program will be shown in Australia.

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