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FIA reaffirms S2000 future.

The FIA has reaffirmed that the World Rally Championship will be an S2000-based series from the 2010 season after the latest meeting of the World Motor Sport Council revealed further details about the future WRC car.

Plans had already been revealed for the WRC to adopt new regulations, but the FIA has now revealed changes to the proposed removable performance kit that would bring cars to WRC standard.

In order to keep costs down, no electronic benefits or upgrades will be allowed, with the official WRC website reporting that the kit is likely to be limited to a turbo, revised inlet and exhaust manifolds, a quickshift gearshift with paddleshift on the steering wheel and an aero package including a rear wing and front spoiler.

The new cars will only be permitted for use on WRC events, while Group N cars will continue to compete in the Production World Rally Championship alongside existing S2000 machines.

"As already announced, the 2010 World Rally Car will be S2000 based," a WMSC statement read. "However, the removable kit, already adopted by the WMSC, will be redefined with no electronic benefits, or similar upgrades, to ensure cost reductions. The new S2000-based World Rally Car will only be permitted for use on World Rally Championship events.

"The FIA Production Car World Rally Championship will be retained for Group N cars, including the existing S2000 car."

The FIA also revealed that exclusive negotiations have started with Ralliart Italy to supply and service Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution cars for the Pirelli Star Drivers to take part in their designated WRC events for the next two seasons.


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Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

December 15, 2008 5:37 PM

this is a late reply for Rich,I see where your coming from and I agree in part,but at the top level its about many things, cost of programme`s/marketing appeal and viewing numbers sadly. This is what gets budgets passed off. If the amount of people watching drops right off then teams will sadly still pull out. Yes I also think they should start with a production shell ie Focus 3dr and maybe a decent box/ratios and solid diffs/dampers, maybe 40mm restrictor and decent Turbo, no fancy electronics, simular to 1991 specs,very sideways but loads cheaper and awesome to watch. WRC cars are £550k, I agree there has to be big changes but "NOT" as bad as current group N cars/S2000 for the top level.

WRC for me - Unregistered

December 14, 2008 4:44 PM

Thanks for the replies and as suspected, could be the end for Subaru. I really do wish that Mosely **** would get sacked. He is ruining it. Was it me or did wales not seem as busy as previous years?. the farthest I walked to a stage from where I parked was 15 minutes. In past years ive walked for nearly an hour. I was hoping that since Honda have pulled £200 mil from F1, they might like to plough one qaurter of it, £50 mil, into a Civic 4 wheel drive WRC car. That would be good. In this climate though, by ruining the sport for fans to make it cheaper for manafacturers to join, is it worth it, are any more teams actually going to join???. Dont think so.



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