FIA Confirm Non-Turbocharged Engines for WRC
In 2010, both S2000-based and current WRC cars will be eligible for competing in the series. However, starting 2011, only the former will be able to score points in the championship.
Also in FIA's plan is to introduce 1.6-liter turbocharged engines for the S2000 cars starting with 2013. The decision is yet to be taken by the international body, as the FIA admitted they're taking the matter into consideration. The confirmation of turbocharged engines from 2013 onwards will likely depend on the production cars' specifications for the large public.
“From 2013, it is proposed that the World Rally Car will continue to be Super 2000 based with a cost-effective 1.6-liter turbo engine. This is subject to review, based on the specification of the car produced by manufacturers for the mass market,” said the FIA statement.
The introduction of S2000 cars will likely lead to several carmakers entering the WRC manufacturer race in the near future. It is believed that most of the manufacturers competing in the International Rally Challenge (which currently uses S2000 cars) will make the switch to WRC in 2011. Among those, Skoda, Abarth, Peugeot and Proton.