WRC to field a new technology closer to the fans from the start of 2025

The WRC event director, Simon Larkin, reveals that the World Rally Championship is currently developing a new concept with Andrea Adamo M-Sport Ford in order to make the sport more exciting by adding a new technology for the fans.

More specifically, WRC Promoter is developing a new concept, the Command Centre, right now as they want to attract more fans and to provide a more exciting action by adding live data and team radio throughout all the stages, such as it happens in other motorport series. RallyTV coverages every stage and the fans come closer to the action, but they can only hear the drivers when they complete a stage, thus the subscribers do not have the opportunity to hear the discussions between the crews and the teams, like in Formula1 where a viewer can hear live the discussion between a driver and a mechanic. In addition to these, DirtFish revealed that a helmet camera is also an option for the future as WRC Promoter has chosen Stilo to develop these cameras and to stream with a high-quality streaming via the cockpit of a Rally1 car. Finally, it must be mentioned that WRC Promoter and M-Sport Ford will test the Command Centre concept sin Estonia next week where the Malcolm Wilson's team has scheduled a test for Adrien Fourmaux, Gregoire Munster and Martins Sesks to prepare themselves for Rally Poland.

"We will test data and what we want to do is test the technology", Larkin said. 

"We won't create the Command Centre and the outcome of our test until Monte Carlo next year.

"We have tests going on with M-Sport at the evaluation centre and then at their test in Estonia coming up, so actual on-site testing.

"We have a number of technical partners working with us. 

We have Andrea Adamo contracted with us to lead the project, so our plan is to test throughout this year but implement for Monte Carlo.

"It is a name of a concept. 

"It may well end up being a building or a physical structure but what we want to do is to create a roll-out robust useable interesting storytelling technology for Monte Carlo.

"How that looks and feels may not happen in Monte Carlo, but the concept will happen. 

"This is a data storytelling concept".

Source: Motorsport.com

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