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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie WRC View Post
    Can we bring this back to WRC's future or at least motorsport EV's ?

    Extreme-E is starting testing in 2020 and will run events in 2021. Could this steal some of WRC's publicity in this area...
    I have been arguing that carmakers make their decisions in big part how this or that series (and used technology) supports their strategic interests. If they want to push EVs, then they will not bother with WRC series which runs hybrids - it has no marketing value for them. If RX goes electric, then this is much better for them - they can utilise "race on sunday, sell on monday" principle. Some other guys evidently dont believe that carmakers will put such heavy focus on EVs, because there are some real-life challenges in mass usage of EVs. Thats why we somewhat deviated from topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarmop View Post
    I am not talking about agricultural equipment.
    When you have nothing to say.......
    "With that car, your brain can actually never keep up"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4IRMYuE1hI

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    https://yle.fi/urheilu/3-11077330

    Very interesting interview with Timo Rautiainen about the future of WRC. Cannot translate everything but here's some key points

    - they consider setting up a series for private WRC teams, who wouldn't have to do all the rounds
    - the 2022 rules are likely not to be ready by the end of this month. Teams have agreed with the big guidelines though.
    - electric power will be used on city liaison sections, not on special stages
    - hybrid power line offers from manufacturers have come in, but they are not comparable with each other, so they need to be adjusted
    - if too many WRC teams drop, WRC2 will be made the main series. Rautiainen does not see this likely to happen.
    - Rautiainen agrees that costs should be brought down, and no more rallies should be added to calendar
    - Many car makers have shown interest in joining the series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    https://yle.fi/urheilu/3-11077330

    Very interesting interview with Timo Rautiainen about the future of WRC. Cannot translate everything but here's some key points

    - they consider setting up a series for private WRC teams, who wouldn't have to do all the rounds
    - the 2022 rules are likely not to be ready by the end of this month. Teams have agreed with the big guidelines though.
    - electric power will be used on city liaison sections, not on special stages
    - hybrid power line offers from manufacturers have come in, but they are not comparable with each other, so they need to be adjusted
    - if too many WRC teams drop, WRC2 will be made the main series. Rautiainen does not see this likely to happen.
    - Rautiainen agrees that costs should be brought down, and no more rallies should be added to calendar
    - Many car makers have shown interest in joining the series.
    this is what i wanted to hear , good !
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    World Rally Champions 2019

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    One more thing: the candidate events run in Japan have sparked interest in other car makers than Toyota.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnttiL View Post
    One more thing: the candidate events run in Japan have sparked interest in other car makers than Toyota.
    Which ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by T16 View Post
    Which ones?
    At least Subaru...

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    Quote Originally Posted by T16 View Post
    Which ones?
    Obviously, things like this are kept as a secret from FIA's side.

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    I hope some of them or at least one would be serious about that. Like in other series 9 of them were deadly serious and next day none of them were. I don't believe anything for real until the day come when they will be actually at the start of the line.

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    https://yle.fi/urheilu/3-11077680

    Another article from the same author, talking about how Citroen's departure should be viewed as a wake-up-call to abandon the current WRC cars and go for simpler and cheaper rally cars which look more like production models.

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