The car industry is undergoing a huge transformation with its electric cars.
This will inevitably be reflected in the World Rally Championship.
Yves Matton, the rally boss of the International Automobile Federation, bites the topic in an interview with Autosport magazine.
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 reflections on whether the rally should have jumped directly into electric cars instead of hybrids.
However, the issue is not simple for the sport: rallies are 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.
Born in Belgium, Yves Matton is Citroen's former rally boss.Photo: Gregory Lenormand / Dppi / Zuma / MVphotos
Either way, the World Cup series is under pressure to move in an increasingly green direction anyway.
The current attitude climate and the general revolution in the automotive industry require that the rally become, at least in the imagination, 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 would join the World Cup in the next few years.
At the moment, there are only two actual factory stables in the World Championship series, namely Toyota, led by Jari-Matti Latvala, and 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.
Toyota driver Kalle Rovanperä is in the drivers' World Championship points management.Keywords: