So, Here’s What I Don’t Quite Get…

  • wrblog

    Something is probably going to change, rules wise, or perhaps there will be a different kind of shake-up at the major level (teams joining or leaving), but it could also be that Toyota simply had to balance its motor sport investments like this. It will also enable them to develop the car to a full potential, but even if that is the case, two years is a long time. With what we know so far, I’d say it’s a mix of all this instead of just one thing. Time will tell who got it right, though.

    • Jason Anthony

      Yes, time will tell… I just wonder why they announced it so early if they knew they weren’t going to enter until 2017. Maybe all the testing videos floating around on the internet forced their hand. Maybe they are using anticipation and speculation to promote a marketing buzz. After all, it’s got us talking about them right now!

  • Leandro Brandi

    I don’t get it either. And sometimes, when the answer is not easy to find, crazier theories start to come to the surface. Could Toyota be developing a hybrid WRC (maybe not till now but later this year) and planning to impose this “evolution” to WRC as Citroën did when they enter WTCC? Sooner or later hybrid technology will get into the WRC, and they might want to become the first champions with a Hybrid-WRC.

    • wrblog

      If I remember correctly, hybrid ideas were shelved (for now) from WRC and all parties involved specifically denied Toyota’s entry has anything to do with new tech being introduced simultaneously. At the moment it is definitely too early for hybrids in WRC, because sport is in a good place concerning technology sharing between road and rally cars. If anything, I would maybe start with smaller energy recovery systems in rally cars, but maybe it is still too early for that. Too early now, but will it be too early in 2017? Personally, I hope there are no ultimatums or political conditions behind delayed Toyota’s entry.

  • Jeff Saretsky

    WRC isn’t ready for hybrid electric drive, but maybe we’re ready for electric turbochargers as a more commercially-relevant approach to anti-lag? Use an electric motor-generator to control turbo speed rather than using retarded ignition when it’s too slow and opening the wastegate when it’s too fast. If they’re sensible with the regulations, they can have fair competition between cars with electric turbos and cars with conventional anti-lag, allowing the teams to navigate the transition at their own pace.

    • wrblog

      Good point. If change in this area does occur, I suppose it is going to be of the scale you are suggesting, instead of a major tech revolution such as the one in Formula 1. It is important for WRC to stay in tune with road cars technologies but it goes both ways, road cars should benefit from developments in WRC. Ideally none of which would drastically increase the costs for either competitors or the road car buyers.

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