The future outlook for the rally is not clear, says the FIA race boss of the International Automobile Federation.
Car industry is in a huge upheaval with its electric cars. This will inevitably be reflected in the World Rally Championship.
Rally boss of the International Automobile Federation FIA Yves Matton bites the subject Autosport magazine in an interview.
From the beginning of next season, the WRC Rally Cars will be equipped with power sources with a combination of a petrol and electric engine, ie a hybrid. The reform has been touted to take the World Cup series “greener” than ever.
The use of hybrids has been agreed for three years. However, there have also been speculations about whether the rally should have jumped directly into electric cars instead of hybrids.
That is not the case however, in terms of species, simple: rallying is often run in the woods, and the routes have also had lengthy transition runs.
For example, in stadium-style rallycross, downloads are generally easier to arrange.
According to Autosport, FIA rally boss Matton, 53, was asked if an “intermediate model” or hybrid is the best solution.
– The rules will be reviewed after three years. We are waiting for development, but sustainability is very important right now, Matton explained.
Matton acknowledges that there is no clear vision for the future in the World Series. What will happen after the 2024 season, when the era of hybrids with this information ends?
– It seems that there is no clear outlook for the future. It seems that all-electric cars, hydrogen fuel cells and e-fuels (like methanol) will have their place in the next period, Matton pondered.
Either way, the World Cup series is under pressure to move in an increasingly green direction anyway. The current climate of attitudes and the general revolution in the car industry require that the rally become, at least in terms of imagination, even more environmentally friendly.
“Motorsports continues what it does best: embraces and adapts to market trends, consumer needs and general change,” Matton declared.
Matton has also hinted that one new carmaker will be joining the World Cup in the next few years.
Currently, there are only two actual factory stables in the World Championship series, i.e. Jari-Matti Latvalan pulled by Toyota as well as South Korean giant Hyundai. M-Sport is practically a private garage, although it has some sort of support from Ford.
There have been doubts about Hyundai’s commitment to the World Series. The brand has not officially confirmed its plans for the next few years.
The next race in the World Series is scheduled to run in late April in Croatia. The drivers ’World Championship points line includes a Toyota driver Kalle Rovanperä.
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