Group R

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In relation to motorsport governed by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, Group R refers to a set of regulations providing production-derived vehicles for outright competition. The Group R regulations were created in 2012 as a replacement for Group A and Group N cars, and took effect from 2013.[1][2] No new cars will be homologated under Group A or Group N regulations, and instead existing cars are reclassified according to Group R rules. As part of its structure, the Group R regulations have a provision for GT cars, known as RGT.[3][4][5]

Classes under Group R[edit]

Group R consists of six classes, designated R1, R2, R3, R4, R5 and RGT; some of these groups will contain their own sub-groups, with cars allocated to each group based on their weight, engine size and powertrain. Teams and drivers are sorted into a specific championship based on the class their car fits into.[6] Cars classified as R1, R2 and R3 contest the World Rally Championship-3 for two-wheel drive cars; specially-prepared R3T cars are also used in the Junior World Rally Championship. Cars classified as R4 and R5 compete in the World Rally Championship-2 alongside existing Super 2000 and Group N Production Cars. Cars classified as RGT are not eligible to compete in either the WRC-2 or WRC-3 championships, but may instead compete for World Championship points alongside World Rally Cars.

Category Class Engine
capacity
Engine type Fuel Minimum
weight
Drivetrain Homologation
requirement
Championship
eligibility
Example
RC5 R1A Up to 1400cc Naturally aspirated Petrol 980 kg Two-wheel drive 2500 per year WRC-3 Toyota TMG Yaris R1A[2]
R1B 1400cc to 1600cc Naturally aspirated Petrol 1030 kg Two-wheel drive 2500 per year Renault Twingo R1
R1T 1400cc Turbocharged Petrol TBA Two-wheel drive 2500 per year TBA
RC4 R2B 1400cc to 1600cc Naturally aspirated Petrol 1030 kg Two-wheel drive 2500 per year Ford Fiesta R2[7]
R2C 1600cc to 2000cc Naturally aspirated Petrol 1080 kg Two-wheel drive 2500 per year Ford Fiesta R2[7]
RC3 R3C 1600cc to 2000cc Naturally aspirated Petrol 1080 kg Two-wheel drive 2500 per year Renault Clio R3
R3D Up to 2000cc Supercharged Diesel 1150 kg Two-wheel drive 2500 per year Fiat Grande Punto R3D
R3T Up to 1600cc Turbocharged Petrol 1150 kg Two-wheel drive 2500 per year WRC-3, JWRC Citroën DS3 R3T[8]
RC2 R4 Greater than 2000cc Turbocharged Petrol 1300 kg[9] Four-wheel drive[9] n/a1 WRC-2 Subaru Impreza R4
R5 1600cc Turbocharged Petrol 1230 kg Four-wheel drive TBA Peugeot 208[10]
RGT No limit Turbocharged or supercharged Petrol TBA Two-wheel drive TBA none2 Lotus Exige R-GT[4]

Notes:

  • ^1 — The R4 class is for cars competing under Group N regulations for production cars prior to 2013. No new cars will be homologated under Group N regulations, and the R4 category will be gradually phased out.
  • ^2 — There is no specific championship for cars entered under RGT regulations, and RGT cars are ineligible to score points in any exsiting championship outside the World Rally Championship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Specific regulations for cars in Groups R". FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Elizalde, Pablo (13 August 2012). "Toyota unveils entry-level WRC Yaris". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 23 August 2012. "Toyota said the car will be able to compete in the World Rally Championship under the R1A regulations once it is homologated by the FIA before the end of the year." 
  3. ^ "Specific Regulations for GT Production Cars". FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Paur, Jason (23 December 2011). "Lotus Shakes Down Its Rally-Spec Exige". Autopia (Wired). Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Holmes, Martin (19 December 2011), The Return of the Rallying Sports Car, retrieved 23 August 2012 
  6. ^ "Exciting changes for 2013 WRC". WRC.com. WRC Official Website. 21 Sep 2012. Retrieved 1 Oct 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Junior WRC is where it's at, says top rally man". WRC.com. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "81e Rallye Monte Carlo 2013 Entry List". rallye-magazin.de. Monte Carlo Rally. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Article 260 (2014) - Specific Regulations for Group R Cars - published on 11.04.2014". fia.com. Federation Internationale de l'automobile. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Evans, David (27 September 2012). "Peugeot uncovers new 208 R5-spec rally car". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 27 September 2012.