The co-driver is seated lower in the car to improve weight distribution.

A co-driver is the navigator of a rally car in the sport of rallying, who sits in the front passenger seat. The co-driver's job is to navigate, by reading off a set of pacenotes to the driver, often over a radio headset, due to the high level of noise in the car.[1] The co-driver tells the driver what lies ahead, where to turn, the severity of the turn, and what obstacles to look out for.[2][3] This role is particularly critical in high-end rally competitions such as WRC. Co-drivers are also often called on to perform maintenance on the car during road sections and special stages, such as changing a wheel.

Famous co-drivers

Manfred Stohl and co-driver Ilka Minor changing a tire on a road section of Rally Argentina.

See also


  1. Tony Chamberlain, "This rally gets down and dirty", The Boston Globe, 21 July 2006
  2. Laurie Wang, "The Race of Your Life" on Power to Change
  3. "Rallying : What about the co-driver?",, no date
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