New Rules for World Rally

Bull-dust

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Some of the expert spaceframe builders in TT etc could be in demand from the Factory world rally teams as tube chassis is going to be allowed in World Rally Championship. Also about tires, hybrid etc and About World RX as run in Canada

World Rally Championship
The Council approved the introduction of a new generation of WRC cars in 2022, with a five-year homologation cycle. Manufacturers will be allowed to use a production bodyshell or a prototype tubular structure to current WRC size guidelines, while the FIA is set to define carry-over elements from production vehicles for key visual elements. There will also be an option for ‘scaling’ of the body within prescribed limits, to allow larger cars to comply with dimension targets.
The cars will feature a supplementary hybrid system, to be comprised of common components and software for the first three years, with the potential for more technical freedom in 2024. The aim is to enable the cars to run on pure electric power in cities and provide an electric power boost on special stages.
A tyre tender covering all championship classes with 4WD cars will be issued for the period 2021-2024, helping to reduce costs by preventing an escalation in tyre development.
The Junior WRC programme will continue in its current format for the next two seasons. In addition to the existing prize structure of a Ford Fiesta R5 plus a support package to compete in WRC2, the 2020 winner would benefit from a potential path to WRC. Contingent upon then winning the WRC 2 Championship, the Junior WRC title-winner would have the opportunity to compete in two WRC outings in an M-Sport run car. To support this programme, M-Sport, in conjunction with Pirelli, has developed a national ‘feeder’ programme across Finland, the United Kingdom, Estonia and Italy that will allow them to step up into the world stage the following season.
The Council approved the long-term extension of the current Promoter, subject to a long-form agreement being signed.
Approval of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship calendar was deferred to the end of June 2019. In the intervening period it will consider the potential rotation of competitions.

FIA World Rallycross Championship
The Council approved the revised roadmap for the Electrification of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2021. This will be focused on the current private teams and the use of current Supercars. A gradual introduction will see a mix of EVs and current ICEs for a minimum of one year (2021). An identical specification powertrain and battery kit is to be introduced for a four-year cycle, comprising two motors developing between 400 and 500 kW.
To continue the diversification of the FIA electric portfolio, an FIA Junior eRX Championship will be created for 2021, based on an arrive and drive format, and with 4WD cars developing approximately 250 kW.
Three tenders will be launched for the supply of a retrofit electric kit for current Supercars, a Junior eRX Championship car and operator, and a charging infrastructure for both the electric World Championship and the Junior eRX Championship. Each tender covers a four year period and potential suppliers can respond with bids for more than one tender.
The European Championship will continue with the existing Supercar and S1600 categories.
 

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Cars are really close to full tube frame now, not much will change other than the scaling down of the larger cars. This looks like they are heading towards a standardized chassis. That would be a shame. Think COT rally version. Make them all the same to keep costs down and make the racing closer=Boooooooring!
 

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The Global Rallycross Series (Europe) for 2019, has a control chassis. Pantera RX6 - Wikipedia The redeeming factor is the series uses the four cylinder Mustang engine.

Close competition is already a factor of the World Rally Championship - the recent Italian round had 8 cars over a margin of a minute at the end of Day 1 after 90 minutes of competition. 4 cars within a minute after day 3, total duration - 3 and half hours of competitive driving.

FIA tends to provide a 'box' set of rules for their top competitions and have power parameters and minimum weights to level the competition, so unlikely to see a control chassis in wrc.
 
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Hybrid powertrains required in 2022 in WRC.
 
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