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The FIA World Motor Sports Council has approved the principles of the 2022 WRC technical regulations, which will see the series move into the hybrid era. While the regulations are not set in stone, the FIA aims to finalise the details of such cars in 2020. "Performance will come from an internal combustion engine, based on the current specifications but with controlled development costs and supported by a 100kw hybrid emotor," the statement read. "This unit will be the same for each of the teams, using common hardware and software strategies, making the cars capable of running in cities on electric power only and giving them an electric 'power boost' that could be deployed on special stages." The current set of regulations seen in the WRC are hugely popular, and while there are mixed reviews of the look of the cars, the 'aggressive aesthetic' of these existing cars will be retained on these new hybrid vehicles. Teams will also be able to enter an additional one car team in the 2020 championship under a different name, but be unable to score points for the main factory team. This has similarly been the case in years gone by. Volkswagen were one manufacturer, entering Andreas Mikkelsen as a third car under the Volkswagen Motorsport II banner.
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