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Current WRC cars remain until 2010.

Following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, the FIA has announced its future plans for regulations in the World Rally Championship.

New regulations for the next generation of WRC cars will become effective from the 2011 season and will see cars based on the current Super 2000 and Group N machines.

Cars will be fitted with a supplementary kit including a turbo and rear-wing additions, although the kit must be able to be fitted to or removed from the car within a defined time limit which has yet to be determined.

The new WRC car will be permitted to compete in the series from the 2009 season and will be able to score points in the WRC from 2010, where the current WRC machines will also be allowed to compete.

That comes after the FIA announced that the current regulations will be extended into 2010, although cars will be subject to technical controls.

In other news following the WMSC meeting, the FIA has confirmed that the restriction on parts will be eased for new manufacturers in their first year of entering the championship with immediate effect.

A new manufacturer will be able ask the FIA for a waiver to use two additional engines without penalty, and a change of parts, as described in the WRC sporting regulations.


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Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)
Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)
Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
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Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport)
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Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
Juho Hanninen, Tomi Tuominen (Hyundai i20 WRC,  #8 Hyundai Motorsport)
Juho Hanninen, Tomi Tuominen (Hyundai i20 WRC,  #8 Hyundai Motorsport)
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Damon - Unregistered

March 28, 2008 1:00 AM

I agree with WRC that spectators are important (very), but it goes hand in hand with who's competing and with what cars. I think that with more manufacturers, the more interest, as long as the cars are fast and exciting. In the current situation WRC cars are 3s/km slower than last year due to the hard Pirelli tyres and are only apporx 2s/km faster than last years Gp N. S2000 is faster than Gp N, and with a bigger engine (2.5ltr NA) they would be exciting, and without the turbo make fantastic noise verberating through the forests on full song. There are now more manufactures building S2000 cars than WRC, lots of people still go to see the IRC, so there must be something pulling the crowd.



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