Hyundai, Toyota and Ford join the hybrid era

The three brands have confirmed their participation in the World Cup under the new technical regulations that start in 2022.


Green light to the hybrid era. Hyundai, Toyota and Ford have confirmed their participation in the World Rally Championship under the new technical regulations that start next season. From 2022, the vehicles of the maximum category will incorporate mechanics that will combine combustion with electrical energy, a regulation that will remain in force until 2024.

A final agreement has been concluded between the three brands that compete in the World Championship, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) and the promoter of the championship. It was a necessary formalism to green light the new era of rallying. In the new regulations, the cars of the highest category are renamed Rally1 and will be powered by hybrid systems following the trends of the automotive industry.The only brand that has confirmed the model it will use in this new era is Hyundai, which will use the basis of the new i20 N for its future racing model. Ford, which has already begun the first tests of the Fiesta body-hybrid system at its Cumbria base, and Toyota, have yet to confirm which model they will use.

Yves Matton, the FIA's head of rallies, explained that they expect the entry of at least one more manufacturer in this three-year period between 2022 and 2024. Jona Siebel, director of the company promoting the event has assured that “it is not It is an exaggeration to say that the introduction of sustainable hybrid technology for the main category of the World Cup marks one of the greatest milestones in the history of the sport. It's okay for such a major progression to come in the championship's 50th anniversary season. We are fully committed to introducing greener cars. The WRC remains the toughest championship in motorsport for production cars and the leadership of these teams sends a positive message about its future to other manufacturers who are considering joining. ”

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