Keeping things protected
WRC cars will be strong, but why will they be even faster?
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)