The arrival of Audi on the earth of rally-raid is already creating tensions, even earlier than the primary assessments of the hybrid prototype of the agency with the rings. The regulatory framework should be outlined for such a engine and this is likely one of the fundamental duties of Thierry Viardo, Dakar technical coordinator, and David Castera, race director, for the reason that finish of the 43rd version final January.
A hybrid class, known as T1-E, will subsequently be created for the Dakar 2022, the contours of the route of which have been unveiled this week, and the organizer ASO should face opposing calls for from the varied producers concerned. Motorsport.com has discovered that Audi has requested a number of concessions for its mannequin, which can have an electrical drive practice based mostly on the one utilized in System E, which the model will exactly go away to embark on the Dakar, but in addition the Class 1 engine utilized in DTM, to recharge the batteries.
These requests embrace a system to inflate and deflate the tires from the automobile, a wider chassis, 17-inch wheels like on buggies and a larger suspension journey than for 4x4s. Prodrive, answerable for the entry of the BRX of Nani Roma and Sébastien Loeb, and Toyota opposed these requests, fearing that they might be at an obstacle.
In response, ASO and the FIA plan to create a T1 + class, totally different from the present T1 which accommodates many of the rivals in Autos, to permit the entry of autos 2.30 m extensive, in opposition to 2.00 m in T1. , a suspension journey of 350 mm, or 70 mm extra, and 37-inch wheels, as a substitute of the 32 inches at the moment imposed on 4x4s. Then again, the burden shall be elevated by 100 kg, to succeed in 1950 kg. The tire inflation and deflation system will stay unique to buggies and electrical autos, “with the intention to optimize their power consumption” in line with ASO.
To discover a efficiency steadiness between the totally different engines, ASO and the FIA plan to play on the air restrictor, with limits which have but to be outlined. Toyota’s naturally aspirated petrol engine has a 37mm air restrictor, whereas the MINI buggy’s turbo diesel engine has a 39mm one. Prodrive, for its half, makes use of a twin-turbo petrol V6, with digital limitations equal to these imposed on Toyota.
The Dakar 2021 was marked by the quite a few punctures of the 4x4s, a lot in order that adjustments in laws have been requested by Sébastien Loeb and Nasser Al-Attiyah, whose Toyota workforce was affected by greater than 50 punctures in line with data from Motorsport.com. The wheel measurement, restricted to 16 inches, was on the coronary heart of criticism and Toyota hoped for a change in laws.
The T1 + regulation and the swap to 17-inch wheels ought to profit the Hiluxes in 2022, whereas Prodrive has deliberate main adjustments to the BRX T1, which in line with our data shall be evaluated within the area in August. It stays to be seen whether or not X-Raid, answerable for MINI’s engagement, will even profit from the T1 + regulation. On the Audi aspect, Motorsport.com has discovered that the assessments initially deliberate for the start of the summer season may very well be postponed for the reason that T1-E regulation isn’t but finalized. And not using a outlined authorized framework, it’s troublesome for the producer to validate all of the technical options.
The novelties of the T1 + laws may very well be ratified by the FIA through the summer season, permitting all manufacturers, together with Audi, to make the Rally of Morocco a full-scale testing session in October. Discussions are additionally persevering with to make the Dakar a spherical of a World Rally Raid Championship.No Video(s) Found