Sega Rally Championship was notable at the time for its simulation of different track surfaces. It is fondly remembered by many for its musical jingles and voiceovers.
Sega Rally Championship was originally released in arcades. The game was later ported to the Sega Saturn and PC. A later version was released for Saturn with NetLink support, for online multiplayer via modem. A port of the game was included with the Playstation 2 game Sega Rally 2006. A Gameboy Advance game was also released with the same name although it is rather different.
The developers at Codemasters have previously cited the game as an influence in the development of Colin McRae Rally. The game was ranked 44th in the top 50 console games in the Guinness World Records 2009: Gamer's Edition