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The new Rally1 cars will cost 950,000 euros

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This decision will result in a significant reduction in the cost of Rally1 cars, lowering it by approximately 150.000 euros compared to the current cost of around 1,2 million euros, opening the doors to greater competitiveness and accessibility for participating teams.

The FIA revealed the guidelines for the future of the WRC at the end of February during the World Motor Sport Council. But what are they, and in what terms? We discussed the guidelines here, as well as reasoned about the prospects here. So, what is certain is that the WRC will undergo many changes to its technical and sporting regulations starting from next year. All in the direction of common sense, at least on paper.

The beating heart of this revolution is the World Rally Championship (WRC), which is gearing up for a series of monumental changes to its technical and sporting regulations, beginning as early as next year.

The transformation process has been orchestrated by a new working group, masterfully led by FIA Vice President Robert Reid and former WRC team principal David Richards. This group of experts has been dedicated to shaping a bold vision for the future of the WRC, aiming to promote greater manufacturer participation and to grow the championship at every level.

One of the most significant changes concerns the current Rally1 hybrid cars. Contrary to expiry predictions, Toyota, Hyundai, Ford, and M-Sport will see an extension of the homologation cycle for their cars. However, the big news is the removal of the 100 kW hybrid power units, a move designed to reduce costs and standardize the performance of Rally1 cars.

This decision will result in a significant reduction in the cost of Rally1 cars, lowering it by approximately 150,000 euros compared to the current cost of around 1.2 million euros, opening the doors to greater competitiveness and accessibility for participating teams. However, this means that teams will face the task of redesigning crucial elements of their cars in time for the 2025 season.

Rally1 cars will have the opportunity to compete in the 2025 and 2026 seasons, anticipating the introduction of the new Rally1 regulations in 2026, which are set to define the future of the category from 2027 onwards. The 2026 cars will feature a larger tubular chassis, standardizing the use of a common safety cell and allowing flexibility in car designs, which can accommodate bodies based on B, C, compact, SUV, and concept car segments.

The cars’ power will be around 330 horsepower, with a maximum price set at 400,000 euros. These changes are designed to attract new brands and teams to the WRC, opening the door to a more diverse and exciting competition.

However, it is important to emphasize that the transition process will be gradual. Although the new Rally1 specifications for 2026 may present slight differences from current cars, the aim is to ensure that current teams have the necessary time to prepare for the future.

These changes aim to redefine the face of the championship and consolidate its position as one of the premier events in the world of motorsport. The implementation of these changes represents an exciting and promising turning point for rally enthusiasts worldwide. Exact details regarding the changes for 2025 and beyond are expected to be ratified at the next World Motor Sport Council in June.

David Richards’ words, spoken in the context of the recent World Motor Sport Council, perfectly capture the spirit of this period of evolution. Richards, an authority in the world of motorsport, emphasized the importance of stability and fidelity to investments already made in the automotive sector. Rules cannot be abolished overnight; a transition period is necessary. This mantra is at the center of the decisions that will shape the WRC in the coming years.

“Concerns about the performance of Rally1 cars have led to an important decision: to reduce power, eliminate hybrid systems, and introduce smaller restrictors. The intention is clear: to make the championship fairer and more competitive, while also reducing complexity and costs,” Richards said.

“The future of the WRC is based on new regulations that will come into effect in 2026. These regulations aim to standardize car specifications, with an eye toward cost reduction and accessibility for teams. The idea of a common tubular chassis for all represents a step forward in standardization and cost reduction in production.”

Manufacturer and team participation is at the core of these decisions. The FIA is actively working to involve manufacturers in the decision-making process, seeking to balance their needs with the championship’s overall requirements. It is an ongoing dialogue, a collaborative process aimed at ensuring the long-term success of the WRC.

Richards is clear in emphasizing that “there is no miraculous solution.” The path to the future will be fraught with challenges and opportunities. However, “with common commitment and a clear vision, the WRC can thrive in an era of change.”

“The success of the WRC depends on the unity and determination of the global automotive community. The decisions made today will shape the face of the championship for years to come.” And while the future may be uncertain, one thing is certain: the WRC could return to being the most beautiful championship in the world.”