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The FIA have released communication outlining their plans for the WRC's second tier to utilise hybrid technologies. "Regulations for a new cost-effective solution for the Rally2 Hybrid category are under development with homologation targeted for 2023," the FIA statement said. "As well as lowering emissions, the clear objective is to demonstrate how existing road-car technology can be transferred into the motorsport arena, rather than the bespoke ‘plug-in’ hybrid performance-orientated system that is being developed for Rally1." More than 1,000 Rally2 cars (formerly called R5) have been sold and is arguably the sport's most successful category. Brands are continuing to produce this specification of cars, with Hyundai the latest to tease a brand new Rally2 vehicle. The price of these cars will is key, and this will again be the case for the next generation. "Cost management will remain a key focus with cost caps for specific parts, which has proven to be an effective tool in Rally," it continued. "The target is to have regulations ready for approval in September 2021 and it is proposed that the new-generation Rally2 Hybrid cars will be integrated into championships from 2023."
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