THE FU­TURE OF MO­TOR­SPORT

THE AU­TO­MO­TIVE WORLD IS CHANG­ING RAPIDLY, AND WITH IT MO­TOR SPORT. SO WHAT DOES THE NEXT FIVE YEARS HOLD FOR RAC­ING FANS?

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Kirby wades through the com­ing rules and regs so you don’t have to

IT’S LONG BEEN a sell­ing point of mo­tor­sport globally that the tech­nol­ogy you find in street cars is first tested and proven on the world’s rac­ing cir­cuits. Well, the real­ity is that cut­tingedge tech­nol­ogy in road cars has leapfrogge­d the rac­ing world, with just a sin­gle fully electric global cham­pi­onship at a time when ev­ery man­u­fac­turer worth their salt is div­ing head-first into an EV fu­ture.

Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion is hap­pen­ing al­most across the board, and cat­e­gories like the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship, IndyCar, IMSA, and World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship have some sort of hy­brid or fully electric rules in the pipe­line in or­der to catch up – even the good ol’ boys at NASCAR HQ have com­mit­ted to an elec­tri­fied fu­ture.

At the same time, tra­di­tion­al­ist fans are bay­ing for the re­turn of the hal­cyon days of rac­ing where the sizes of the per­son­al­i­ties in the cock­pit were only dwarfed by the en­gines that pro­pelled their mighty ma­chines.

So, let’s take a closer look at some of the big­gest cham­pi­onships both lo­cally and globally to see what’s in store.

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