A 'push-to-pass' system could be introduced as part of new regulations in the World Touring Car Championship, which are set to come into play for 2014.
The FIA announced prior to Christmas that new regulations would be introduced for the 2014 campaign, which would 'provide for more spectacular cars with bigger aerodynamic devices and greater performance through weight reduction and power increase'.
Alongside the changes, series boss Marcello Lotti has now revealed that both 'push-to-pass' and hybrid systems are under consideration for the future as the planned regulations evolve before being submitted to the FIA's World Motor Sport Council.
“The original idea was to change in 2015, but then we decided to advance the application to 2014, on the wave of the interest shown by new manufacturers and also because the brands currently represented are about to launch new model cars that may be homologated in 2014,” he said.
“We are not talking of a new generation of cars, but of a technical evolution of the Super 2000 that were launched back in 2002. The basic points are an increase of power and sound, a reduction of weight, bigger wheels and a more aggressive look. Then, in order to avoid a stream of requests for technical waivers, more freedom will be granted in the suspension homologation. Further implementations will be studied for a later application, such as the 'push to pass' and a common hybrid system.
“The FIA and the manufacturers are working on the final draft of the rules that will be finalised by the end of January and submitted to the World Motor Sport Council in March.”
Lotti also confirmed that teams wouldn't be forced to switch to newer cars next season and would still be able to run their current machinery as the series goes through a transitional spell.
“It will be a natural evolution in the respect of the spirit of touring cars racing that must remain based on the identification of the racing car with the production car it comes from,” he said. “Someone will be happy, considering this as a simple updating of the championship, someone will disagree, claiming that an increase of costs will follow. However, I believe that Super 2000 proved that the FIA is capable to maintain the stability of technical regulations for a long period. And their efforts, joined with ours, made also possible to keep the costs stable.
“This evolution will continue to keep the running costs under control, however in the beginning investments on the new cars will be requested. And I can grant that, like it happens every time a motor sport series is undergoing a technical evolution, we will study a way to assure a balanced cohabitation between the current and the new cars.”