Keep­ing things pro­tected

WRC cars will be strong, but why will they be even faster?

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene -

World Rally Cham­pi­onship bosses have ex­plained to MN this week that the next gen­er­a­tion of weapons that will weave their way through the stages in 2017 will of­fer more pro­tec­tion for the driv­ers than any of their pre­de­ces­sors. That’s great news, of course.

Any ad­vance in safety has to be ap­plauded but I am still slightly ner­vous about the di­rec­tion that the World Rally Cham­pi­onship is head­ing with faster cars and tweaked aero­dy­nam­ics. I am not re­ally cer­tain what the point of the rule changes are.

The WRC is a fan­tas­tic show­case for engi­neers to prove their hard­ware, and it is en­cour­ag­ing that I have re­cently started to see Hyundai ad­ver­tis­ing its in­volve­ment in the World Rally Cham­pi­onship on prime-time tele­vi­sion. Keep­ing the tech­nol­ogy rel­e­vant to the road cars should be one of the key ob­jec­tives.

Why is there a de­sire to spend hun­dreds of thou­sands, if not mil­lions, on push­ing the bound­aries of tech­nol­ogy? The cars are al­ready fast enough. Maybe it is the show and pro­mo­tion that needs to be re­worked, not the cars them­selves. Matt James, Ed­i­tor (Twit­ter: @Mat­tjm­news)

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