The FIA World Rally Championship officially announced an expanded rally schedule at its annual meeting on 15 October. On the agenda – entering a new hybrid era, New Zealand’s back is the main event in the WRC 2022 rally calendar! 13 races have been announced and it looks like the organizers will surprise us.
Summary of the WRC calendar 2022.
Our rally plans for 2022 have a lot in common with the schedule of World Rally championship 2021. You already know 12 stages. The secret trump card places between the August Finland rally and the September rally in Greece. One suggests that it is about the Northern Ireland rally. Although the organizers will announce the secret shot later.
The new WRC calendar 2022 includes three challenges outside Europe. Japanese Rally is a story we have been waiting for very long to start. It should finally get going! WRC Kenya, Safari rally after a very successful event in 2021 will continue to decorate the rally schedule. Another brilliant slot of the calendar 2022 is the Rally New Zealand, whose return has been waiting for more than a year.
Generally, the season spans four continents – Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia. WRC Promoter rebuilds its goal of a 50: 50 split between European and long-haul rounds. As a Formula 1, the WRC will maintain all necessary Covid 19 restrictions for 2022, but the focus is also on returning to a global presence outside the European venues.
WRC Hybrid era 2022.
The most anticipated change in the history of the sport, as the WRC enters a more sustainable era and we switch to Rally1 cars. The hybrid question is making headlines the loudest. Someone from our rally drivers like Thierry Neuville still has too many questions. Meanwhile, others like Sebastien Loeb are already testing new hybrid vehicles like Ford Puma in a new trend wave. Hybrid cars of the Rally1 will combine 100 kW electric motors with the existing combustion engine, while a hydrocarbon-based fossil fuel will be 100% sustainable.
Only a few months ago, Hyundai Motorsports entered the new hybrid era. Today, there is no doubt that all cars in the WRC 2022 will be different. Although, in what way – is still question number one. Although FIA Rally Director Yves Matton assures that there will be no problems with changing rally cars.
2022 FIA World Rally Championship.
There were also the other various changes. Thus, all Rally1 cars will be equipped with AISC system – a video camera with artificial intelligence. This new development with Siemens will help the work of the FIA safety to eliminate unsafe situations. The route in WRC 2022 will have separate special zones to run in all-electric mode, a decision that should allow the team to develop a pre-race strategy for the upcoming rally.
Next year the FIA WRC celebrates its 50th anniversary. The calendar was adopted at the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris and WRC promoter Jona Siebel said that the mix of classic fixtures and newer events in a season would ensure a breathtaking schedule.