The FIA World Motor Sport Council has confirmed that the World Touring Car Championship’s technical regulations will undergo a major shake-up in 2014 in a bid to encourage even more manufacturers to join the series.
The Super 2000 rules changes will grant cars to run with more power, lower minimum weight restrictions and more aerodynamic devices.
In addition, the FIA confirmed that it would work to eliminate the complicated – and unpopular – performance balancing rules that are tweaked from race-to-race.
In effect, these changes gives the teams and manufacturers greater freedoms to develop their respective cars as well as eliminate the complicated technical waivers that the sport’s governing body has to allow to each manufacturer.
However, the FIA did point out that it would not grant teams an increase in their budgets with which to make these changes – a decision that will keep the championship cost-competitive and attractive to new manufacturers and independent outfits.
The new rules will no doubt prove attractive to French carmakers Citroën and Renault, both of whom are rumoured to be considering manufacturer-supported entries when the new rules come into play.
While the upcoming 2013 season will see Honda and LADA return to the championship on a full-time basis, it also marks the first year since 2005 where Chevrolet won’t have a manufacturer-supported presence on the grid.
The FIA also announced further changes to the 2013 season calendar. The governing body confirmed that next year’s schedule would be capped at twelve championship rounds, with the popular race at the Brazilian Curitiba circuit dropped from the schedule.