WRC Ultimate Team explained
Ultimate Team is a mode where you build your rally team using any rallycar from all the championship to play offline and online. There are tournaments where you play to win cups or Championships.
Codemasters have set tournaments (Rally event or Championship) which are always available and they also add new tournaments during the month with different entry criteria. More on the detail of that later. Then there are seasons where you play in 5 divisions starting in Div 5 ( R2 class) trying to work your way up to the WRC, against other players online! ( A large rally championship for online and offline)
WRC Ultimate Team; Rallycars/ Parts / Mechanics / Team Managers / Co-drivers /Sponsors
All the Rallycars/ Parts / Mechanics / Team Managers / Co-drivers /Sponsors in the WRC Ultimate team game are split into three categories.
Bronze parts and cars rated up to 65,
( For example Bronze 65: Gravel Tires; Hankook) or Bronze 60: Rallycar: Peugeot 208 R2
Silver parts and cars rated up to 75
( For example Silver 70: Gravel Tires; D-Mack or Silver 75: Gravel Tires BF Goodrich)
or Silver 75: Rallycar: Ford Fiesta S2000
Gold parts and cars rated 75 to 99.
( For example Gold 86: Gravel Tires; Michelin)
or Gold 90: Rallycar Citroen DS3 WRC or Gold 95: Rallycar: Peugeot 205 T16
These generally reflect their ability in real life and the price reflects their popularity within the game.
You can create a rallyteam mixing any of them but some competitions offline and online might have to meet certain requirements, ( for example u cannot drive national championships or WRC championships with a Group B rally car, only historic events)
Each category is further broken down into Normal, Rare and In Form.
One of each for bronze, silver and gold. Normal is a standard card, rare means it is just that and more valuable
( For example a Group B rally car, or the spareparts for it, think about gearbox, engines, wishbones, bodyparts).
Every week in real rallylife some rallycars are outstanding (after upgrades or good performance)
Ultimate team on WRC recognises this and creates new versions of the parts or rallycars with increased better stats. These are called In Form cards and become available to buy and are inside packs during each week.
For example if Ford claimed a 1,2,3 at a WRC event team leader Matthew Wilson will give a boost to get more money from an event if u win.
Codemasters announce when the cars or parts of the week are available and we let people know on Social media. Easily recognisable as they have black backgrounds and shiny too. Bronze outline, silver outline and gold outline so you can tell which they represent.
Start of the WRC Ultimate Team
Everyone starts off with a team of bronze rallycar (Rally5 or Rally4 class or local), spare parts and a small service team and maybe a silver part of Mechanic or two if lucky.
If you have played a Codemasters rally game before you get free packs when you start a new version of WRC Ultimate team. Also there is a web app which starts a couple of weeks before the console release. On there you receive daily gifts which are just small packs. You might get lucky in any of those packs and pull out a Ford Fiesta R5. Usually the packs will be rubbish though (spare parts like bodyparts, tires).
Look at your rally team squad screen and you will see the Mechanics, team leader in your squad and a square with specifications and speciality. This stands for their skills.
If the box is bright green it means the mechanics is able to handle the rallycar you have picked for your team (which you can change by schooling your mechanics). If it is dark green the player is close to that Rallycar and is skilled and quite happy working on it.
The better your team is the faster they can change tires or repair damage in the service area.
What can be an advantageous if u drive flat out!
At the cards you can also notice more information. CON,REB, FIT, MOR and CHM stand for Contract, Rebuild Fitness, Morale and Chemistry. You will also notice scrolling their brand, Country they are from, Teams they worked for and the championships the rallyteam is in. All of this determines the chemistry which shows to the right of the screen and is rated out of 100.
Beside the Mechanics, your rally car has the same setup, but this in combination with car brand, tires, suspension, brakes and bodyparts.
Trading in WRC Ultimate Team
First thing to note when you sell any car, mechanic or part on Ultimate Team 5% tax is removed from the sale. So if you sell a 2000 coin spare part you get 1800 coins. 200 coins is taken away as the 5% tax.
You can buy and sell your car, mechanic or spare part in the trading area or you can go to the store and buy packs. These can be bought with virtual coins you make in the game. You can buy packs using Microsoft points also which of course you can pay for with real money.
Chemistry in WRC Ultimate Team
So why is chemistry important in WRC Ultimate team?
So you have to build a team and have mechanics, rallycar, and parts in the right positions working with mechanics from their original team, brand or country to give them better chemistry.
When you play a WRC Ultimate team game the chemistry helps your mechanics, car to perform better, faster service and generally drive better. You will notice your team manager to the right also adds to this chemistry, if he is the same nationality as a player that gives better chemistry. He will get u easier in a higher rally event or you will get a better reward after joining an event.
Contract, Rebuilds, fitness and morale
U need to keep your team (Mechanics) together so u need to contract them.
The rallycar needs maintenance (rebuilds) so they can drive rally events.
Default is 8 but you can add rallies which you can buy in the trade area.
Every time a rallycar drives a rally they go down by 1 maintenance ( for example the gearbox, engine etc.)
It will reduce retiring and less performance.
Fitness is gained by resting and lost by playing. Generally a mechanic/co-driver with 80 or lower fitness will be much slower in the game. You can buy fitness cards to add to individual players or to the entire squad.
Morale also affects their ability to sponsors, mechanics and team leader. If you win morale goes up, lose and it goes down. The rally you drive can also help increase morale so look out for +8 rally in the trade area. If you buy a new rally you have an option to “Make it active”. Same for sponsor and team outfit which you can buy for your rallyteam or indeed sell.
Of course it is a little bit management, but the main goal is to compete in the rallies by your own, so u have to handle a team, and drive the championships to keep progress!
As i already said in an other post, u can expend it as much as u want, for example if u have 4 car slots u can build 1 Ford Fiesta Rally4 gravel spec and one Ford Fiesta Rally4 tarmac spec!
I forgot to add an option to test you cars and set up all kind of stuff , but this is just a little bit "out of the box thinking" because i notice if its rally or grid or Formule 1 or DTM , many people get bored by doing just a championship mode and keep racing ( not the hardcore fans but the normal people) and i think u need to keep connecting to that group of normal gamers by something like this so they keep playing and want to improve their team to get to the WRC cars and stuff.
Beside that u don’t have to know all the stuff about rallying because simple everyone knows that gold is better than bronze, so everyone will go for the best! so what do you guys think about it?
Well the main goal should be that u can create and drive a rally/rallyteam, if u want to stay at the Rally2 (R5) class or want to be dedicated to a Ford escort MK2 then that should not be a problem in my opinion. I think that makes the game mode more challenging, to create a good Rally4(R2) or Rally2(R5) or Escort MK2 rallycar with the good setup specs (upgrades) and create a super setting to beat the WRC rally cars!
About the sponsor part, I do like that idea, my opinion is that a game should not be that easy as Showdown or Dirt2/3 i think it has to be a little more challenging But I don’t know what the other gamers want.
I rather want to wait longer and pay more for a game ( like Forza) what takes long to complete and is challenging in every aspect then buy a for example not that long game ( sorry to say for example Dirt 2 or 3).
In this aspect I am talking about the championship modes, the setup options from your car, the upgrades the management etc etc ... it was to easy to much plug in and play what I didn’t liked, perhaps that was also something what made RBR good.... setup options where huge! and it was hard to control the rallycar at full speed at the beginning ( as in real)
only I think not everyone knew what to do.... ( PS Dirt Rally 2.0 showed very good what it did with the car if u changed the tires or what happened if the suspension went softer)
About all the team livery cars, clothing helmets gloves overall etc, i think we go in that case a little bit too far away from the racing part of the game, I do like it buy I think 60% of the people don’t really care about it, i think the developing time of that ,Codemasters should use for other stuff , but again that’s my opinion
Are you buying them or get them for free after each rally? here I would like some work as team managment do some "work" to get good sponsors, like do some good intervenes in media, social feeds or talking with sponsors yourself so you not only needs to be in 1th place in an event and you easy get a pack of sponsors. Would love to "work" for it so nothing for the team comes easy.
Would even be great with this team/career mode to have as we wished for and option to create our own team livery on cars, team clothing and driver clothes like helmet, gloves, overall and so on...”
I think i should add this to my topic:
I think that Codemasters should make a rally game from the point of vieuw from a rally driver. ( As they did in the F1 2020 game career)
but I want to take it a step further, I think they should make a game where you can buy a car and create that as your "character" for the online and offline game.
U have to maintaince the rally car, drive it, take care of spare parts, tune it , create your livery , get tires, create setups. and earn money to develop your car.
The focus from the game is in that case more at your own "project" then just winning and driving a championship.
Ofcourse u will still drive a championship and stuff online and offline, but u do that with a reason... to win/ get money to develop your car. At the beginning u have to take it easy. because u can’t afford to explode your engine or crash out! because you don’t have the money for spare parts or a second rallycar body with rollcage.
You can make your rallycar ( character) as personal as u want it by creating a livery etc. i think that would be great online and offline to keep the Codemasters fans playing the rally game
As you can see there are short stages from 5,74 km, 4.55 km and 7.95 km
Normal stages from: 10.66 km , 16.73 km, 19.93 km
and long stages 34,34 km and 28.48 km !!
U have to put tactic in the game where to go flat out, and where u have to save tires, ( and perhaps fuel) to go maximum attack at the long stages for example
I think the best option to build these are the same as Dirt 3 stages are build, just build the map as u see in the picture and create the stages