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    I agree with Smeets to be honest. I don't think full electric is even possible with the current format of rallies but some kind of future proofing of the sport needs to be taken into account. I assume there are manufacturer working groups where the regulations can be discussed before they are written. Hopefully other proposed manufacturers who are interested in joining the WRC could be part of those discussions. But like he says who are they?

    I've seen a few people slating Smeets/VW for commenting. Let's be clear, he's not just got out of bed and thought I'll start slagging off the WRC today. He's been asked about it by David Evans at Goodwood whilst there with the ID electric Pikes Peak car and he's given an answer.
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    Smeets should shut the F... up.

    He is a VW puppet that tries to play the new narrative of the VW after the Diesel gate... they suddenly turned into tree huggers overnight fater they got exposed.
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    Americans were hypocrites when they still had their own vehicles throwing out pollution.
    https://youtu.be/uG8EXFvyXXw (US truck)

    WRC could use bio-ethanol blend E85 if looking for a slight green wash.

    Lithium battery pack fires can flare up days afterwards. Would probably require a specialist rescue crew to follow the WRC events in countries with few battery cars so proper electric vehicle rescue procedures could happen.

    There are redox flow cell batteries and more advanced ultra capacitors etc coming along, so I would not rule out ev wrc cars at some stage.
    Last edited by Zeakiwi; 19th July 2018 at 03:42.

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    Smeets and VW Motorsport in general are just a bit angry they have spent an huge amount of money on that EV Pikes Peak car and now they dont have a motorsport series where they can use the technology for further promotion, they already have a bunch of subsidiaries on FE and beyond that there isn't really another option, they know F1 won't budge so they keep trying to pull strings on other series.

    That said, I would very much like to have some sort of Hybrid powertrain for the next set of regulations, I think cars could have improved performance without loosing too much appeal for spectators, after all the engines could be a copy paste of the current. And then I would like to hear what kind of excuse VW would have not to re-enter the series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis44 View Post
    And then I would like to hear what kind of excuse VW would have not to re-enter the series.
    Too many competitors especially Hyundai..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mknight View Post
    Think what he aimed at was Latvala's (this year) and Meeke's (last year) comments on giving up season already before Argentina.
    Could be. Either way the article is crap, and comparing Ogier who's second in the standings to Latvala and Meeke who were under the top 5 doesn't make too much sense to me.

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    https://www.autosport.com/wrc/news/1...-his-shoulders

    What a douche.. That makes him nothing but a crying baby. Neuville have consistent season so far and now he says that he have so much luck. What about him for the past 5 years? Especially last year with his speed he was nowhere and still win the title.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ESTR View Post
    https://www.autosport.com/wrc/news/1...-his-shoulders

    What a douche.. That makes him nothing but a crying baby. Neuville have consistent season so far and now he says that he have so much luck. What about him for the past 5 years? Especially last year with his speed he was nowhere and still win the title.
    There is not a single word in that article worth getting worked up about. Finland is nearly here don't worry.
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    Re Smeets comments and the future cars..

    The current WRC cars arent sustainable financially in the long-term anyway. To get an idea, I just heard on a rally podcast that Mads Ostberg spent 0.5 million doing Rally Finland last year !!!

    And we know Citroen are already struggling for budget.

    However hybrid/ electric cars could be even more expensive. Plus less spectacular and less reliable.

    The future of WRC is a big worry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie WRC View Post
    The current WRC cars arent sustainable financially in the long-term anyway. To get an idea, I just heard on a rally podcast that Mads Ostberg spent 0.5 million doing Rally Finland last year !!!
    It'd be interesting to know the workings behind that number.

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