The WRC will launch its Rally1 sporting rules subsequent yr, which is able to mark the beginning of the hybrid period within the World Championship. The fashions developed by Toyota, Hyundai and Ford M-Sport will likely be outfitted with a 100 kW hybrid system and these sooner automobiles will profit from a bolstered survival cell to raised shield the driving force and his co-driver.
This yr, ten crews are repeatedly lined up by the three groups entered in the principle class however Yves Matton believes that the sector might prolong to 12 entered in 2022, and maybe extra within the second half of the season. Toyota and Hyundai are anticipated to maintain 4 automobiles whereas M-Sport plans to improve from two to a few fashions.
“In accordance with my info, I actually imagine that we might have 12 automobiles in the course of the yr, however not for the Monte-Carlo [qui ouvrira la saison]”, mentioned the FIA Rally Director at Motorsport.com. “[Ce sont] the data I’ve from the totally different producers and seeing the curiosity of sure pilots. I do not know when, however it would not be in Monte-Carlo, it may be extra within the second half of the yr. “
“I believe we’ll begin [la saison] with ten automobiles however it might go as much as 12 and possibly extra within the final rallies of the yr. “
With a purpose to encourage groups to extend their variety of automobiles at first of rallies, Matton mentions the potential of permitting this fourth mannequin to register factors within the constructors’ championship, given that it’s entrusted to a younger driver.
“I stay satisfied that the thought of selling a fourth automobile for the Producers’ Championship could possibly be good, however not with an obligation, extra within the type of a bonus in the event that they enter yet another automobile, maybe for freshmen or drivers with out a lot expertise of one of these automobile. “
Unbiased groups might additionally assist inflate the plateau: “It’s sure that in the beginning of the yr, solely the producers will enter the automobiles, however in keeping with my info, some personal people have expressed their curiosity in Rally1”.
Improvement of all three hybrid fashions is on monitor forward of their aggressive debut at Rallye Monte-Carlo, June 21-23, 2022. Toyota held check drives with its Yaris this month as M-Sport evaluated its all-new Ford Puma on gravel in Finland, forward of an asphalt check scheduled in France this week.