Ogier: WRC should have been ‘more innovative’ with new rules


In a bid to align the WRC with manufacturing automobiles, Rally1 will undertake plug-in hybrid expertise from 2022.

This set-up combines an ICE operating on sustainable fuels and a battery that produces zero-emissions.

Nonetheless, Ogier has instructed the game’s key determination makers are missing each foresight and ambition.

Whereas totally supportive of makes an attempt to scale back the WRC’s carbon footprint, the Frenchman doesn’t suppose hybridisation goes far sufficient, arguing it may already be deemed out-of-date.

“Positively, it’s important the path of the game is pointing towards a greener path,” he stated.

“So, a technique it’s a actually good step – going hybrid and utilizing a inexperienced gas. That’s for certain optimistic, however in the event you ask for my private perspective, I usually have had the want that really the WRC and the game would go in a extra progressive path.

“They need to be attempting to work on some new expertise which may then serve the street automotive for the long run. The DNA of motorsport is a bit like a lab previously.

“Take a look at the Eighties when Audi introduced out the Quattro [four-wheel-drive technology] after which now. It’s on a lot of the street automobiles. There are different examples however that is the one I’m desirous about now.”

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Whereas some consultants suppose full electrification is the logical step for the World Rally Championship after hybridisation, Ogier feels Hydrogen is one idea that ought to be given due consideration when the Rally1 guidelines cycle is reviewed on the finish of 2024.

“I believe it might have been higher to go a unique method,” he stated. “Perhaps Hydrogen? However that’s simply my want – or my dream – as a driver.

“Perhaps you must change path to be able to obtain much more, like the eye of worldwide media, world particular person outdoors of our sport and simply present that our sport is attempting to assist for the long run and that automobiles – usually categorised in a field that it’s dangerous for the planet – and I believe, yeah, being progressive would have been even higher.

“However, like I say, that’s my private dream. I’m not right here to criticise the choice that was taken by the FIA and the producers as a result of, like I say, it’s already a optimistic option to go.

“However for me, hybrid sounds prefer it has been present for 30 years, so it sounds a little bit bit late to be within the sport and to carry one thing [new].”


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