Opinion: New WRC rules still on track

Formula 1 recently announced that it was going to withhold its new regulations, scheduled for next year, until 2022, but the timetable for technical revolution in the World Rally Championship won’t change.

The new WRC rules weren’t scheduled to come in until 2022 anyway, and with only three manufacturers left at the sharp end (or two, with M-Sport Ford technically being a privateer), there’s no option to delay.

Here’s the solution: the cars will become cheaper and less complex but still just as fast, and their powertrains will have a mandatory hybrid element.

The basis of the current World Rally Car rules were introduced for the start of the 1997 season, allowing manufacturers that didn’t make a turbocharged four-wheel-drive car to compete with the big boys.


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