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Electric cars part of future WRC regulation discussions in Geneva

Future regulations concerning World Rally Cars will be discussed by the FIA and WRC stakeholders in Geneva this week, including the potential for the use of alternative energy sources.

The WRC is just one season into its current five-year homologation cycle, but powerbrokers are keen to explore future technical regulations for the premier class of car.

FIA president Jean Todt wants the WRC to embrace alternative technology including hybrid or full electric power, but as a former competitor and team principal is aware of the limitations of using such technologies in rallying.

"Today there is no manufacturer supplying a car which can drive 200 kilometres on rally roads at rally speeds [and] can have a quick [electrical] recharge," said Todt.

"At the moment, it's completely excluded to think of having WRC with an electric car.

"It's very important to have different categories with different ways of optimising new technologies.

"It's clear we need to introduce more environmentally friendly technology in WRC.

"Motor racing is not only a show, it needs to be a laboratory for new technology and safety.

"It would make the investment for manufacturers more justified than just for racing.

"We need to introduce some hybrid technology, clearly, yes. The world is changing, motor industry is changing, racing is changing."