- Hyundai, Toyota and Ford (M-Sport) will showcase new hybrid-electric rally vehicles as part of this year’s World Rally Championship.
- The battery/electric motor combo adds 100 kW of power to vehicles’ turbocharged internal combustion engines.
- These Rally1 vehicles will also use sustainably produced synthetic fuel instead of traditional fuel.
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Heroic World Rally Championship (WRC) teams gathered in Salzburg this weekend to unveil three special vehicles that will lead the sport into the future, literally. The official WRC teams have presented the Hyundai, Toyota and Ford hybrid electric vehicles for the 2022 season which starts on January 20 at Rallye Monte-Carlo.
Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) President Mohammed Bin Sulayem, along with Toyota Gazoo Racing, Hyundai Motorsport and M-Sport Ford, unveiled their sizzling new rally fighters, who will battle it out over 13 out of four rounds continents.
Elfyn Evans, Toyota’s 2021 runner-up, and his teammate Kalle Rovanperä, the youngest WRC rally winner in history last season, were present. Also present were Hyundai’s leading drivers, Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak. M-Sport Ford’s new signing Craig Breen also appeared alongside Adrien Fourmaux.
In the 50th season of the championship, the WRC will undergo significant environmental changes as new technical regulations from the FIA lead the series towards a more sustainable future. Plug-in hybrid cars built around an improved safety cell chassis, 100% fossil-free fuel and a sustainable energy supply are key to the sport’s commitment to a greener future.
Toyota Yaris WRC1 Rally
Hyundai i20 Rally1
Ford Puma Rally1
Sustainability is essential for the future of sport.
The three new hybrid cars combine a 100kW electric motor with a competition-proven 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine that has been powering the sport’s top-level vehicles since 2011. The package elevates peak performance levels to more than 373 kW and reduces harmful emissions.
FIA President Bin Sulayem, himself a former WRC competitor, said: “Today’s launch of the new era of Rally1 is a very proud and significant moment for the FIA, the whole rally family and I would like to congratulate the WRC promoter for putting on a great show at the start of the championship’s 50th anniversary season.”
He explained that in addition to hybrid technology adding a new dynamic layer of performance combined with safety enhancements, the new Rally1 cars would use 100% sustainable fuel. “Work is also underway to achieve greater sustainability in the organization of each round of the series. I look forward to an exciting season,” he added.
WRC Promoter managing director Jona Siebel welcomed the start of a “historic period” for the championship: “Here we have seen what the future of the WRC looks like. I applaud the hard work and the manufacturers’ commitment to preparing these incredible and innovative rally cars for the new era of WRC.”
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