WRC teams ponder hybrid options
Following the comments of FIA Rally Manager, Yves Matton, that the WRC will embrace hybrid cars in 2022, Citroen has underlined their position on the most fundamental change planned for rallying.
The company has stated:
“For us, the WRC is a marketing tool designed to promote our vehicles and our values.
“In the near future, our ranges are going to feature electric and hybrid models, so it goes without saying for us, like many other manufacturers, that the 2022 regulations must follow this trend.
“Otherwise, the WRC will lose its power to promote vehicles.”
In 2008 Citroen built a prototype hybrid rally car (pictured), demonstrating the social friendliness offered by hybrid power.
M-Sport, however, stated that while the team welcomed the move, they added: “We need to finalise the regulations to be able to decide if we are able to enter this period of change”.