The present: Hybrid era
The future of the FIA World Rally Championship is set to be as exciting as ever.
2020 will see a big shake-up in terms of driver and team line-ups, with Citroën withdrawing from the series.
Reigning world champion Tänak will join Hyundai Motorsport alongside Neuville, whilst Ogier makes the move to Toyota. One of the sport’s brightest young talents, Kalle Rovanperä, has also joined the Tommi Mäkinen run team as well as Elfyn Evans.
Whilst we can't predict who the next champions might be, we do know that from 2022 the next generation of World Rally Cars will utilise hybrid technology.
Regulations are yet to be finalised, however, teams will be allowed to use electric motors and batteries. That could mean rally cars running on pure electric power for selected city sections or with an added electrical boost during special stages. The new rules will also enable manufacturers to field slightly larger cars.
In addition to the introduction of hybrid technology in the WRC, the FIA has also confirmed that the championship will return to a control tyre format from 2021 onwards.