World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb has admitted that it is vital that any proposed changes to the WRC car ensure the long-term survival of the series.
Discussions are ongoing about the future of the machinery to be used in the WRC in an effort to bring down costs, with Citroen and Ford being the only two manufacturers still involved in the sport after both Subaru and Suzuki withdrew over the winter.
The current plan would see the WRC go down the Super 2000 route, which would open the series up to range of manufacturers – including the likes of Skoda, Abarth, Peugeot and Proton – who already have S2000 machinery.
Suggestions have been made that the S2000 WRC machine could feature a bolt-on package including a turbo, and while Loeb admitted that a turbo would make it better for the drivers, he said it was more important in the current economic climate to put the security of the series first.
“For me, on the driving side, I would be happy to have a turbo,” he said. “We would not have a lot of torque with the new car. On another side it is a difficult moment with the financial problems for nearly everybody.
“Maybe the most important thing is to save the Championship and to take the chance of having new manufacturers joining us. The best decision now could be to take the Super 2000 regulations without the turbo. It is not for the drivers to decide at the moment.”
Loeb had been quoted as saying that he wouldn't be keen to be involved in the WRC if Super 2000 machinery was brought in, but the Frenchman said he would be keen to remain in the sport.
“Why not!” he responded when asked if he would be taking part.