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    In the motorsport discipline of rallying, Group Rally2 is a formula of rally car specification determined by the FIA for use in its international competitions: the World Rally Championship (WRC) and regional championships. National rallying competitions also allow Group Rally2 cars to compete. There are no subclasses despite the use of the word 'Group' in the name so 'Rally2' may be used alone with the same definition. The group was launched in 2019 with other similarly named groups after the introduction of the Rally Pyramid initiative to reorganise the classes of car and championships in international rallying was approved in June 2018.[1]

    The formula for Group Rally2 cars was taken from R5 class of Group R with the defining ruleset being renamed, this meant that any existing R5 car homologated or approved since their introduction in 2013 could continue to be used in Rally2 level competition.[2] R5 cars were first introduced as an intended replacement for the S2000 car.

    In years prior to 2019, 'Rally 2' was used to describe the rules and scenario allowing a rally competitor to restart a rally the day following a retirement. This was renamed 're-start after retirement' in FIA regulations from 2019.[3] Rally2 should not be confused with R2 cars of Group R either, which are officially described as 'Rallye 2'.

    Definition

    Group Rally2 cars are defined in FIA document '2021 Appendix J - Article 261' as Touring Cars or Large Scale Series Production Cars, supercharged Petrol engine, 4-wheel drive. A production touring car with at least 2500 identical units manufactured must be homologated in Group A, with all the components and changes that make it a Group Rally2 car homologated in an extension.[2] The power to weight ratio is 4.2kg/hp.[1]

    Key Specific Regulations for Cars in Group Rally2[1][2]
    Drivetrain Minimum

    Weight

    Engine

    Capacity

    Aspiration Fuel Maximum

    Cylinders

    Restrictor Wheels

    Gravel

    Wheels

    Asphalt

    Production

    Requirement

    4WD 1230 kg 1620cc Turbo Petrol 4 32mm 6.5" x 15"

    or

    7" x 15"

    8" x 18" 2500


    FIA Competition

    Rally2 cars are placed in FIA 'RC2' sporting class alongside Group Rally2-kit, R4, NR4 and S2000 cars.[4]

    Eligibility in FIA WRC Championships 2023
    Class Group WRC M T WRC2 WRC3 Masters Junior
    RC2 Rally2 Yes Yes Yes
    Eligibility in FIA Regional Championships 2023
    Class Group ALL ERC ERT ARC MERC APRC NACAM CODASUR
    Absolute Teams ERC3 ERC4 Jun Jun ARC2 ARC3 ARC4 Jun MERC2 MERC3 MERC4 Jun APRC3 APRC4 Jun NAC3 NAC4 Jun COD2 COD3 COD4
    RC2 Rally2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

    Cars

    Manufacturer Car Debut Homologation Basis Engine Image
    France Citroën C3 Rally2[5] 2018 FIA - A5773
    C3 Feel Puretech 82
    1200cc Normal
    Citroën Racing

    1598cc

    282bhp[6]

    Rally Terra da Auga 2019 - SCER 2.jpg
    DS3 R5 2014 FIA - A5739
    DS3 VTI 120 So Chic
    1598cc Normal
    PSA EP6 CDT1598cc

    280bhp[7]

    Rajd Polski 2015 Jourdan Serderidis.jpg
    United Kingdom Ford Fiesta Rally2[8] 2019 FIA - A5775
    Fiesta ST-Line (Fiesta Mk7)
    999cc Turbo
    M-Sport

    1.6L

    290bhp[8]

    Rally Poland 2021 Jarosław Kołtun.jpg
    Fiesta R5 2013 FIA - A5748
    Fiesta ST (Fiesta Mk6)
    1597cc Turbo
    M-Sport

    1.6L 290bhp[9]

    2016 Rally GB - Marius Aasen
    South Korea Hyundai i20 N Rally2[10] 2021 FIA - A5784
    i20 / Kappa 1.4L - 6 Gears - Auto Transmission
    1600cc Turbo[11] 2021 Barum Czech Rally Zlín - Vlček Martin.jpg
    i20 R5 2016 FIA - A5766
    i20 1.0 T-GDI
    997.7cc Turbo
    1600cc Turbo[12] 2019 Rally Poland - Daniel Chwist
    France Peugeot 208 T16 R5 2014 FIA - A5743
    208 VTI 125 3 Portes
    1598cc Normal
    PSA EP6 CDT1598cc

    280bhp[13]

    Rajd Polski 2015 Martin Koči
    Malaysia Proton Iriz R5 2018 FIA - A5776
    Iriz 1.3L 5 Gears Manual Gearbox
    1332cc Normal
    Mellors Elliott Motorsport modified Mitsubishi 4B11T 2.0 reduced to 1600cc[14] Rally Poland 2021 Nabila Tejpar
    Czech Republic Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 2022 FIA - A5786

    Fabia 1.0 MPI 59 KW Active 5 Gears Manual

    Škoda Motorsport modified VAG 2.0L EA888 reduced to 1620cc

    289bhp[15]

    Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 during a test run.jpg
    Fabia Rally2 evo[16] 2019 FIA - A5777
    Fabia 1.0 MPI 55 KW Ambition 5 Gears Manual
    Škoda Motorsport modified VAG 1.8L EA888 reduced to 1620cc

    284bhp[17]

    Rally de Portugal 2019 - ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo.jpg
    Fabia R5 2015 FIA - A5760
    Fabia 1.0 MPI 44 KW
    999cc Normal
    Škoda Motorsport modified VAG 1.8L EA888 reduced to 1620cc

    284bhp[17]

    Rally Poland 2021 Robert Blomberg
    Japan Toyota GR Yaris Rally2 2022 FIA - awaiting homologation
    Germany Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 2018 FIA - A5774
    Polo 1.0 MPI 55 KW Comfortline 5 Gears Manual
    VW Motorsport modified VAG 1.8L EA888 reduced to 1600cc

    272bhp[18][19]

    KristofferssonRallySweden2020(1)
    Sweden Mitsubishi Mirage R5 2014 FIA - none
    Built by Ralliart Sweden unsupported by Mitsubishi
    Approved for use in APRC[20]
    Ralliart modified Mitsubishi 4B11T 2.0 reduced to 1620cc

    280bhp[21]

    Rallymobil 2018, Mitsubishi Mirage R5 (44534558781)
    Paraguay Toyota Etios R5 2016 FIA - none
    Built by Toyota Gazoo Racing Paraguay
    Approved for use in CODASUR[22]
    Ale-FX
    Source: FIA Homologation Lists 2021,[23] 2022[24]

    See also

    References

    1. ^ a b c "FIA Rally Car Pyramid Brochure" (PDF).
    2. ^ a b c "Specific Regulations for Cars in Group Rally2" (PDF).
    3. ^ "2019 FIA World Rally Championship Sporting Regulations" (PDF).
    4. ^ "FIA Regional Rally Sporting Regulations 2021" (PDF).
    5. ^ "THE C3 R5 BECOMES THE C3 RALLY2 WITH A NEW VISUAL IDENTITY AND A PACKAGE OF UPGRADES". Citroen Racing.
    6. ^ "Citroën C3 Rally2 - Boutique Citroën Racing - Documentation". boutique.citroenracing.com. Retrieved 2022-07-29.
    7. ^ "Citroën DS3 R5 - Boutique Citroën Racing - Documentation". boutique.citroenracing.com. Retrieved 2022-11-09.
    8. ^ a b "FIESTA RALLY2". M-Sport. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
    9. ^ "Technical Specifications | Ford Fiesta R5". web.archive.org. 2014-11-24. Retrieved 2022-11-09.
    10. ^ "Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing reveals i20 N Rally2 car". Hyundai Media Newsroom. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
    11. ^ "Tech Specs i20 N Rally2". Hyundai Motorsport Official Website. Retrieved 2022-07-29.
    12. ^ "Tech Specs i20 R5 '20".
    13. ^ "Peugeot 208 Type R5 - Web Exclusive". MotorTrend. 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2022-11-09.
    14. ^ "Proton Iriz R5 Sales Brochure" (PDF).
    15. ^ Kubíková, Lucie. "Powertrain". ŠKODA Motorsport. Retrieved 2022-11-09.
    16. ^ "FABIA Rally2 Archives". ŠKODA Motorsport. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
    17. ^ a b "Skoda Fabia R5 Evo (2020) | Reviews | Complete Car". CompleteCar.ie. Retrieved 2022-11-09.
    18. ^ "Rally / Volkswagen Motorsport". web.archive.org. 2019-07-09. Archived from the original on 2019-07-09. Retrieved 2022-07-29.
    19. ^ "Technical overview: Volkswagen's all-new Polo GTI R5". RallySport Magazine. 2018-10-28. Retrieved 2022-11-09.
    20. ^ "Mitsubishi Mirage R5 Eligibility".
    21. ^ "Mitsubishi R5 Technical". www.mitsubishir5.com. Retrieved 2022-11-09.
    22. ^ "Toyota Etios R5 eWRC-results.com".
    23. ^ "FIA Homologation List 2021" (PDF).
    24. ^ "LISTE DES HOMOLOGATIONS / HOMOLOGATIONS LIST – 2022" (PDF).

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