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GP Week : Issue 63
SPECIALIST commissions are advising the FIA to allow both production-based as well as purpose-built Global engine versions of turbocharged 1.6 litre engines, when this type of engine becomes mandatory for all Super 2000 designs being homologated in January 2011. An FIA insider close to the issues explains this option covers the two situations -- for manufacturers who already have a production car-based 1.6 turbo engine available for use in competition form, also giving an opportunity for manufacturers who have no such available power unit source but who want to be able to homologate a new Super 2000 car. Coming hopefully soon are decisions about the precise rules as to how 2011 style World Rally Cars can be homologated, what types of car can be run by manufacturers who wishes to register for the 2011 world series (options are new-style 1.6 turbo cars, orthodox Super 2000s or orthodox Group N cars) and in what forms of car can be used in the ancillary championships, not only WRC based series such as the PCWRC, but also the regional championships. The speed at which developments are emerging is alarming manufacturers. Christian Loriaux, head of development work for Ford's new Super 2000 car, said "every time a rule is made quickly, it ends up by being more expensive. If they are wise, the FIA would decide to do these rules properly and introduce the 1.6 Turbo rule in 2012 or 2013. "This rush to use a 1.6 Turbo power unit is baffling. All the recent manufacturers coming into Super 2000 were attracted by the simplicity of a two-litre normally aspirated engine, but no new manufacturer has shown a wish to enter the sport because the 1.6 turbo engine is to be allowed". Also alarming is the way that maximum width rule changes to Super 2000 rules (1800mm, to 1820mm) were introduced by the FIA at short notice to accommodate a request by VW, which still shows no sign of an intention to enter international rallying. It is feared this move will serve to destabilise Super 2000 by making the existing Super 2000 designs obsolete. Both Production and Global 1.6 turbo engines allowed FORD'S 73rd World Championship rally win, achieved at Repco Rally Australia, brings the company tantalisingly near the official record of 74 official wins established by Lancia, a successful run which finally ended at the Sanremo Rally in 1992 Lancia's total includes the team's controversial victory on the Sanremo Rally in 1986, when the cars of the team's rivals Peugeot were wrongly excluded in mid- event and prevented from finishing the rally. FIA officials declared that no points should be awarded as a result of this event, but that championship status in all other respects was valid. The Sanremo crisis had a profound effect on the sport at the time, causing the provisionally declared world champion Markku Alen to lose his title just eleven days after the final round, the Olympus Rally. This was the final crisis which affected the troubled Group B era. Lancia's total of 10 manufacturers' World Rally Championship titles is an achievement which is sure to remain for a long while to come. A Ford spokesman has said that the company will not advertise their potential achievement until hopefully they achieve two more victories, to allay once and for all the memories of the unpleasant arguments of that time. Rally Australia was Ford's fifth win in a row and their driver Mikko Hirvonen's fourth successive WRC win -- only his rival Sebastien Loeb has had longer winner streaks. It came three years after Hirvonen's first world win, in Australia in 2006. It was also on the occasion of his co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen's 100th world rally start. Ford nears outright win record Markku Alen in the 1976 Lancia Stratos WRC news >> 17