2022 will mark a new era for the World Rally Championship before the arrival of the Rally1, hybrid vehicles that will replace the current WRC in the major category. However, it was confirmed that the prototypes that are currently used will be able to continue participating for a longer time.
As reported Motorsport, the current generation of WRC, which was introduced in 2017, will have the OK to participate in the World Cup events, but with a significant decrease in power.
This would be achieved by modifying the turbo restrictor. "The only change in the cars will be to change the restrictor from 36mm to 33,7mm, which is calculated in a reduction of power of 30 horsepower", explained a source consulted by the English site.
There is already a commitment to Toyota, Hyundai y M-Sport Ford to run exclusively with Rally1, so the WRC can be used by private teams and drivers. With this technical variation, in addition, they will ensure that no new generation car is fighting for victory.
"The priority is to support private drivers who already have the cars and want to continue competing in WRC events," explained from the rally department of the International Automobile Federation.
The formal farewell to the current WRCs will take place in the Monza Rally, last date of this season that will be played from November 19 to 21.