FIA names two people to work on WRC's future

FIA announced today that David Richards and Robert Reid will be the key people who will ivestigate some interesting proposals for the future to make WRC more popular.

It is very obvious that World Rally Championship has lost its prestige nowadays in comparison with the past years as there only two manufacturers and one semi-manufacturer team at the top level which means that there are few Rally1 seats available and the young drivers cannot grab a chance to shine in rallying and to show their potential. 2022 was the first year when WRC switched to hybrid cars that combine a 1.6L combustion engine with a hybrid unit of 100 kW. In addition to that, the chassis is now tubular and scaled and there is no active central differential while a five-speed gearbox has been fitted to these cars. Other changes include a simplified suspension, turbo and fuel tank, the removal of paddle shifts and some of the aerodynamic components plus the use of sustainable fuel. It is tipped that the second generation of Rally1 cars will be at 80% the same as the current ones, but an initial working paper will be presented for consideration by the WMSC and WRC Commission within two weeks as FIA decided at the World Motor Sport Council Strategy session at the Annual General Assemblies Week in Baku today.

"The Working Group will be led by FIA Deputy President for Sport Robert Reid and World Motor Sport Council member David Richards", FIA's statement said.

"Under consideration will be the technical, sporting and promotional aspects of the FIA World Rally Championship. 

"The group will also address the pathway for grass roots development of rallying".

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