Jeff Ledger made some sobering observations when referring to the 2017 WRC rules ( MN, April 13) about speeds, stage times and spectator safety concerns.
It’s irrelevant to spectators that stage times have now superseded those of the 30-year old Group B cars because you cannot ‘see’ it from any vantage point within the stage. So why encourage cars to go faster? Which, as Mr Ledger points out, is what the 2017 WRC rules will do.
Speed doesn’t equate to spectacle so let’s ban the turbocharged engine. That will reduce power and speed.
Freeing up induction noise has an advantage. It liberates the different and intoxicating sounds of rally car engines because today’s rally cars all sound the same and frankly, to me, they sound like demented wasps or Hoovers.
Next step – ban four-wheel-drive. Both turbos and four-wheel drive have been around long enough now. Sure, the cars will be less effective at putting their power down but that won’t stop drivers trying. The whole spectacle of special stage rallying came through relatively inefficient cars and the drivers’ skills in making those cars work regardless.
Sometimes in life you do have to look back to go forward, to tear up the rule book and go back to basics. Jeremy Reseigh-watts Via email