• Dec 13, 2008
For whom does the cost-cutter's bell toll? It tolls for Formula 1... and for the World Rally Championship. The FIA has announced that from 2010 the WRC will use Super 2000-spec cars, instead of the current championship's Group N racers. As with the FIA's moves in F1 to standardize components in order to help teams save money, the S2000 cars all have third-party-supplied gearboxes and drivetrains, use 2.0-liter engines with 8,500 rpm rev limits, and are prohibited from being excessively modified (if you have some time, check out the FIA-mandated S2000 specs), among other things. Should manufacturers wish to sell their S2000 cars to privateer teams they can charge no more than €168,000. Five time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb has spoken out against an S2000 WRC, saying he won't be interested in rallying if the 2010 regs actually take effect. The Group N cars that drivers like Loeb currently pilot will be relegated to the P-WRC come 2010. We'll find out then if Sebastien Loeb goes with them.

[Source: WRC]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh Joy! More ugly hatchbacks!
      • 6 Years Ago
      What does it matter to American viewers of this sport, Speed channel pulled our coverage years ago, I used to watch Speed now I cant tell you the channel number, its dead to me.

      Chrysler should work a deal to bring the Fabia here, Volkswagen Quality and a nice car to boot, we dont sell Skoda's or Seat's here, surely VW could do a deal with Chrysler.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just buy a Golf.
      • 6 Years Ago
      S2000 is slooooooooooooooooow and booooooooooring. I watched it and fell asleep almost immediately.
      996700
      • 6 Years Ago
      What is happening, to motor racing spec this new rule that!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why on Earth did you put a pix of Skoda Fabia there...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because it's a Skoda Fabia S2000 car. Duh.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As has been mentioned, the current WRC car isn't group N. Group N and S2000 have homologation rules and limited changes are allowed from the homologated "showroom-stock" car. The WRC car, like the group A car that preceded it, is just allowed to move further from stock. Example: group N is allowed to change gear material, move from synchro to dog, etc, but must maintain gear ratios and basic mechanism. The WRC car typically changes it completely to a sequential.

      WRC cars are even allowed to add turbos and 4WD systems not present on the production car.

      I honestly prefer to watch P-WRC, since in '06 and '07 it was practically my car. But that's me. Also note: forcing cars to be closer to stock could bring some homologated monsters to market (like stricter homologation rules brought us the Plymouth Superbird, the Porsche 959, etc.)
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's what should be done. FIA requires them to make XXXX units.
      • 6 Years Ago
      FIA is getting ridiculous.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This spec-car bug is spreading too far. Racing used to be about crazy and exciting innovations like the ridiculous wings on the Superbirds in NASCAR, or the supercharger-turbocharger combo in the Lancia S4, or my favorite the suction system on the Chaparral 2J. I realize the race organizers do spec-cars to reduce development costs for the teams and to keep the competition even, but racing is not just about the drivers and their skills its also about the cars and the imaginative geniuses behind them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bring back Group C!
      • 6 Years Ago
      F U FIA. unlike F1, WRC actually sells cars. ok, the model in the show room is slightly different, but it's a heck of a lot closer and more volume than a ferrari compared to it's F1 counterpart!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Slightly different? Few of the cars run in the WRC are even available with AWD on the street version.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Slightly different ?
        The only current WRC car that has a road going counterpart is the awful Subaru Impreza STI.
        If teh FIA is serious about reducing costs they should use a true production based formula.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They are a hell of a lot closer to road going models than F1 cars are! I say bring back the homoligation rule so they HAVE to sell us the rally car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Did you guys do any research before posting this? The current main cars in the WRC are of the type "World Rally Car" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Rally_Car). It is a development of the old Group A rules. PWRC is run with Group N and S2000 cars.

      The new rules for the main contenders are going to be for cars that are S2000 BASED. It will allow for turbos and a few other choice modifications to be installed. They will not be purely S2000 cars. Look:

      "Instead, the WRC kit is believed to be limited to a turbo, revised inlet and exhaust manifolds, a quicker gearshift mechanism (with steering wheel paddle shift) and an aero package consisting of a rear wing and front spoiler. The bolt-on kit will cost under 30.000 Euros and should give the cars an extra 50bhp."

      See?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Didn't see this post before I commented on the news.. Totally correct.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have a good feeling FIA will be on its way out and another organization will be formed if the motor companies object to this.
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