Looking at the bigger picture, some pressure was made by Citroen at the beginning of the year. Head honcho Linda Jackson said at the Geneva Motor Show that Citroen would reconsider its options after 2020 unless electrification is introduced. The current regulations – which include the 1.6-liter turbo engine and four-wheel drive – expire at the end of the 2021 season.
The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile has also announced the option for scaling the body of WRC cars within prescribed limits. This change to the regulations would allow larger cars to comply with dimension targets. As expected, manufacturers will be allowed to use a production body or a tubular structure as long as the size guidelines are respected.
In order to control costs, tire development will be frozen from 2021 through 2024. The current regulations specify that each supplier must provide two tread compounds in limited quantities for each event. Michelin, Pirelli, and DMACK are the three competing entities in tire development and supply for the World Rally Championship.
Given the 2022 regulations, don’t you agree it’s high time for Toyota to enter the Prius in the WRC? As of 2019, Gazoo Racing WRT is fielding the Yaris on Michelin tires