• Mar 25, 2009
The heavily modified S2000 car that will form the base package for some of the cars in the 2010 World Rally Championship will be stripped of at least one major modification the following year. According to Autosport, the World Motorsports Council has agreed to a new regulation that turbochargers would not be allowed on the 2011 cars, leaving aero mods as the only alterations left to be made to the basic car.

In 2011 and 2012, when S2000 cars take over from the current WRC runners as the template, the cars will be naturally aspirated. Then, from 2013, in a decision proposed by the World Rallies Commission of the FIA and also ratified by the WSMC, the cars will run "cost-effective" 1.6-liter turbocharged engines.

While the regulations have driven industry stalwart Subaru out of the WRC, they could open the door to other manufacturers such as Peugeot, Skoda, Abarth, and Proton who already run S2000 cars in the WRC-rival Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Hat tip to bn_me!

[Source: Autosport]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Watching. Paint. Dry. Like. It's.

      Rearrange at your leisure.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why don't they keep the turbos, and make it diesel?
      • 5 Years Ago
      1.6 liter turbocharged engines... S2000 class..i assume those are smaller cars?... can i say i'd be pysched to see the return of MINI to rallying!!!! that would be awesome!! who's with me?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am ... the old Minis were a joy to watch, as were Cortinas, 911's, Escorts, Saab 96s, etc etc.

        I don't understand those calling the removal of turbochargers as the ruination of the sport. Most of the competition Lancia Stratos models were non-turbod and exceptionally fast.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "im sure people would kil to see a lambo doing rally?" Heh, I remember seeing a video of a Group B Corsica Rally. Lancia 037 gracefully power sliding through a hairpin, BMW M1 having to do a 3-point turn in same hairpin. Pretty funny.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There goes all the emotion that was left in the WRC...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hardly. Looking forward to the old guard returning to rallying. Newcomers to rallying seem to forget cars from Fiat-Abarth (and Lancia) owned world rallying in the 70's, 80's and early 90's. Their departure opened the door for Subaru, Mitsu and others.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Group B back, that wpuld be sooooo cooool!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I too wish they would keep the turbos but if it creates better competition and more involvement from other manufacturers, I'm all for it. I almost fall asleep after 10 minutes watching this years coverage.

      FWIW, I'm a Subaru fan too, drive a '01 2.5RS
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ah I remember the Lancia Stratos mid engine rwd NA V6 from Ferrari it dominated the WRC for years until they change the rules. RWD and gravel/snow = skiled drivers
        • 5 Years Ago
        It wasn't becasue they changed the rules, but because of the Audi quattro it became obsolete.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No more blow off valves, turbo whistles or machine gun sounds (and accompanying firework displays) from anti-lag systems hard at work... WRC won't be the same without turbos...
        • 5 Years Ago
        WRC cars don't have blow off valves and S2000 cars still bang even if it doesn't come from the ALS.
        What killed WRC in my mind is the turbo restrictor which made high reving engine useless while increasing cost.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Content with having properly having screwed over F1, the FIA returns to their regular program of ruining the WRC.

      We now return to your regularly scheduled program
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah... going toward favoring inline transverse cars, then no turbos...

      No wonder Subaru is leaving this series in the dust.

      snore.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rallying was far more entertaining way before Subaru was even a twinkle in the WRC's eye.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Stuff them.... bring back Group B
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here's a thought, just televise the S2000 series. WTF do they need two of them??
      • 5 Years Ago
      Congrats to the bloody FIA. They have done their best to try and screw F1, and it looks like they have totally managed to destroy WRC. They are such a strange organization... how on EARTH do they think what they are doing is good in ANY way for motorsport!! I blame Max
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