The FIA World Touring Car Championship is set to evaluate the inclusion of new technologies – such as hybrid power and ‘push to pass’ systems – as it contemplates how to frame new Super 2000 regulations ahead of their introduction in 2014.
The upcoming season, the ninth since the championship was re-formed in 2005, will be last under the latest phase of regulations, which currently stipulate the use of 1.6-litre turbo engines.
But with new manufacturers such as Citroën and (rumoured) Renault believed to be interested in joining the series in 2014, therein exists the demand to introduce new regulations in order to make the championship more attractive to potential entrants.
“A face-lift was needed, and we were pleased that the FIA President Jean Todt shared this view and has been the first one to embrace the cause,” WTCC series boss Marcello Lotti told the championship’s official website.
“The original idea was to change in 2015, but then we decided to advance the application to 2014, on the wave of the interest shown by new manufacturers and also because the brands currently represented are about to launch new model cars that may be homologated in 2014.”
As we reported last month, the preliminary proposal to change the rules were focused on increasing power and aerodynamic devices, while also lowering the car minimum base weights.
“We are not talking of a new generation of cars, but of a technical evolution of the Super 2000 that were launched back in 2002. The basic points are an increase of power and sound, a reduction of weight, bigger wheels and a more aggressive look,” Lotti added.
“Then, in order to avoid a stream of requests for technical waivers, more freedom will be granted in the suspension homologation. Further implementations will be studied for a later application, such as the ‘push to pass’ and a common hybrid system.”