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    In the motorsport discipline of rallying, Group Rally5 is a formula of rally car specification determined by the FIA for use in its international rallying competitions: World Rally Championship (WRC) and regional championships. National rallying competitions also allow Group Rally5 cars to compete. There are no subclasses of the group therefore all Group Rally5 cars can compete in the same category. 'Rally5' may be used alone with the same definition. The group was launched in 2019 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 Rally5 cars was taken from R1 class of Group R with the defining ruleset interchanging the terms, this meant that any existing R1 car homologated or approved since their introduction in 2008 could continue to be used in Rally5 level competition.[2] The subclasses defined in R1 however have effectively merged and capacity of permitted turbocharged engines have increased to 1333cc.[2]

    Definition

    Group Rally5 cars are defined in FIA document Appendix J - Article 260 as Touring Cars or Large Scale Series Production Cars, supercharged Petrol engine (including rotary engines), 2-wheel drive (front or rear wheel drive). A production touring car with at least 2500 identical units manufactured must be homologated in Group A, with all the requirements that make it a Group Rally5 car homologated in an extension.[2] They have a power to weight ratio of 6.4kg/hp.[1]

    Rally5 rules are relaxed in comparison to the other Groups Rally formulae making it the most cost efficient and accessible. Only the bodyshell (with safety cage), the seat mountings and the harness need to be homologated, the latter two already having their own Appendix J ruleset outside of Rally5. Bodyshells homologated under Group Rally4 regulations are also permitted in Group Rally5 therefore potentially expanding the range of cars available. Most components of the original Group A model can be used and in many cases are free to replace, however in such cases the performance criteria of Rally5 must always be met.

    Key Specific Regulations for Cars in Group Rally5[2]
    Drivetrain Minimum

    Weight

    Engine

    Capacity

    Aspiration Fuel Maximum

    Cylinders

    Turbo

    Restrictor

    Wheels

    Gravel

    Wheels

    Asphalt

    Production

    Requirement

    2WD 1030 kg Up to 1600cc Normal Petrol 6 As manufactured 6"x15" 6.5"x16" 2500
    Up to 1067cc Turbo
    1080 kg 1067-1333cc

    FIA Competition

    Rally5 cars are placed in FIA 'RC5' sporting class alone.

    Eligibility in FIA WRC Championships 2023
    Class Group WRC M T WRC2 WRC3 Masters Junior
    RC5 Rally5 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
    RC5 Rally5 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

    Cars

    Manufacturer Car Debut Homologation Basis Image
    France Citroën DS3 R1 2012 FIA - A5739
    DS3 VTI 120 So Chic
    1598cc Normal
    Monte-Carlo WRC 2014 ES2 - 12048975956
    United Kingdom Ford Fiesta Rally5[3] 2020 FIA - A5775
    Fiesta ST-Line (Fiesta Mk7)
    999cc Turbo
    2021 Barum Czech Rally Zlín - Pajari.jpg
    United Kingdom Ford Fiesta R1 2012 FIA - A5729
    Fiesta 1.6 (Fiesta Mk6)
    1597cc Normal
    2021 Rally Bohemia - Kalina
    France Renault Clio Rally5[4] 2020 FIA - A5779
    Clio R.S. Line TCE 1.3EDC
    1331cc Turbo
    Rally Poland 2021 Paulo Soria.jpg
    France Renault Twingo R1 2010 FIA - A5731
    Twingo "Renault Sport"
    1598cc Normal
    2013 Rallye Sunseeker (10367080843)
    Japan Toyota Vitz 2012 FIA - A5742
    Vitz (NCP131)
    1501cc Normal
    Japan Mazda 2 R1 2020 FIA - no homologation
    Approved for use in FIA NACAM
    Built by GHR Motorsport[5][6][7][8]
    Japan Suzuki Swift Rally5 - FIA - no homologation

    Project of Suzuki Motorsport[9]

    Source: FIA Homologation List 2021[10]

    In addition to the above, bodyshells (and safety cage) homologated in Group Rally4 since 2020 would also be accepted subject to meeting Rally5 criteria elsewhere. For example, where original parts must be used, or power and weight limits met:

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