Digging into the 'scramble for hybrid'

Digging into the 'scramble for hybrid'

Against the seemingly irresistible rise of electrification in mobility, why are series organisers turning to hybrid as the answer to the big sustainability question? We ask the coordinators of three major championships to explain

During a visit to the FIA GT1 World Championship's Nurburgring round in August 2010, FIA president Jean Todt expressed his hopes that all FIA-endorsed series would incorporate hybrid technology by 2013.

His call to arms didn't materialise in that timeframe, with the negative reaction to Formula 1's V6 hybrid era dissuading many from taking the plunge, even before checking the balance sheets. But WTCR promoter Francois Ribeiro's projection of a "brutal, violent" future for pure combustion motorsport is widely shared and by 2022 several major series will incorporate hybrid power for the first time, with many more set to follow suit.

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