ETCC: FIA World Council gives green light to 2003 rules

FIA WORLD COUNCIL GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO 2003 ETCC RULES The 1st October in Paris, the FIA World Motor Sport Council voted in favour of the proposals put forward by the FIA Touring Car Commission concerning a number of adjustments to the FIA ...

FIA WORLD COUNCIL GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO 2003 ETCC RULES

The 1st October in Paris, the FIA World Motor Sport Council voted in favour of the proposals put forward by the FIA Touring Car Commission concerning a number of adjustments to the FIA European Touring Car Championship regulations for the 2003 season.

TECHNICAL REGULATIONS

- Weights: the minimum weights of the cars will be returned to those in force at the beginning of the 2002 season: front-wheel-drive cars 1040 kg, driver included rear-wheel-drive cars 1070 kg, driver included

- Transmission: in order to promote the interest of new Manufacturers and to reduce the running costs over a season, the homologation of a specific gearbox with a sequential control has been authorised.

This gearbox must be mechanically operated and must have a maximum of six forward speeds; it will be possible to homologate twenty gear ratios. Competitors wishing to continue racing with the current five-speed H-pattern gearboxes will benefit from a 30-kg reduction in the car's minimum weight.

- Engine: a single data logging system will be homologated on 1st January 2003. This system will check:
the engine speed (8500 rpm for 4 cylinders, 8750 for 5 cylinders, 9000 for 6 cylinders)
the position of the throttle valve
the speed of the vehicle
the gear ratio engaged.

- Technical passport: the principle of the technical passport has been extended beyond 2002; the validity of the technical passports issued in 2002 will therefore be extended.

SPORTING REGULATIONS

- Handicap weights: the current principle of adding ballasts to successful cars in order to discourage intensive technical development will be maintained. The FIA Touring Car Commission will fix new handicap weights, which will be heavier than those currently in force.

- It has been agreed that the FIA Touring Car Commission will propose a new point-scoring system, which will also allow more positions to be reversed on the starting grid for the second race of each meeting. The definitive proposal will be submitted to the next meeting of the Motor Sport World Council.

- Only the Manufacturers officially entered in the Championship will be eligible to score points in the Manufacturers Championship. Only these Manufacturers will be also allowed to take part in the new FIA European Touring Car Championship Commission.

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