Major manufacturers commit to hybrid-era WRC

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The FIA has confirmed the commitment of Hyundai, Toyota and M-Sport Ford to remain in the World Rally Championship from 2022-2024 – the period in which hybrid power will be introduced to the top tier.

Under the three-year agreement, the trio will jointly contribute to the development costs for the hybrid technology set to be used in the rally series, with an emphasis on safety and sustainability alongside cost-management solutions. The group has confirmed that as part of the new deal, it will work closely with WRC stakeholders, other manufacturers, promoters and the FIA.

Unlike the current annual commitment, the FIA has introduced a partnership model based on a three-year cycle, enabling all parties to benefit from better stability and planning opportunities. From the 2022 season onwards, the FIA and the three manufacturers will own one WRC license each.

With the three current manufacturers secured until 2024, the agreement increases the FIA’s commitment to providing stability and cost-effective solutions during troublesome commercial times.

“The FIA World Rally Championship is on the brink of reaching an important milestone with the new-generation cars, Rally1, coming in 2022,” commented Jean Todt, FIA president. “A switch to plug-in hybrid power reflects the latest trends in the automotive industry, at the same time making the sport more sustainable. This was made possible owing to the joint efforts of the manufacturers and the FIA. The fact that all three of the brands currently involved in the championship committed for a further three years proves that world rallying is heading in the right direction. This comes together with the transition to sustainable energy, which is one of the main objectives of the FIA and its ‘purpose-driven’ movement.”

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