A GameCube version of this game was developed too, but it was cancelled halfway though the project due to the bad sales figure GameCube games where showing.
This game is a descendant to the Rally Championship series of games. Before it was licensed as "Richard Burns", the internal development name for this game was simply Rally7, as in Rally Championship 7.
Richard Burns Rally won four awards at the 2004 Sim-Racing Awards, voted by users at sim racing website Blackhole Motorsports: Best Gameplay, Best Physics Model, Surprise of the Year & Game of the Year!
You may presume that the game was developed for the consoles and then ported to the PC, as there are no TCP/IP or LAN multiplayer options, but strangely, it is the other way around. Luckily, a programmer called Racer_S developed the multiplayer mod RBRnet which allows you to race against an opponent (ghost car) over a network. You can download the tool here.
The PC version was released on DVD in the UK, France, Germany and Australia and on CD-Rom in Spain, Italy, Czech Republic and Poland. As for now, there are no plans for a North American release.