The Škoda Fabia R5 is one of the most successful cars in the category.

In international rallying, R5 refers to a class of cars competing under Group R regulations. R5 regulations were introduced by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) in 2012 as a replacement for the Super 2000 class. In 2019 the FIA renamed the R5 specification ruleset to Group Rally2 as part of a wider plan to reorganise FIA championships and replace Group R with new Groups Rally.[1][2][3] Existing FIA homologated R5 cars remain eligible for any FIA Rally2 level competition, and non-homologated R5 or Rally2 cars should be accepted equally at national level where approved. R5/Rally2 cars are based on production cars and feature a 1600cc turbocharged petrol engine.

R5 cars are a step down from World Rally Cars in their power and performance. They are eligible to compete in the World Rally Championship and in a dedicated series known as the World Rally Championship-2. This championship is exclusively open to manufacturer and professional independent teams competing in R5 cars.[a] In 2020 and 2021, privateer entries in R5 cars contested the World Rally Championship-3.[5] R5 cars also compete in regional championships such as the European Rally Championship and national-level events such as the British Rally Championship.

List of R5 models

A Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 at the 2019 Rally Bohemia.

The following models are eligible to compete in the World Rally Championship and its support categories:

Manufacturer Car Debut Image
France Citroën Citroën C3 R5[6] 2018 2019 Rally Poland - Łukasz Kotarba.jpg
Citroën DS3 R5[7] 2014 Rali Serras de Fafe 2018 - 14.jpg
United Kingdom Ford[8] Ford Fiesta R5 2013 Takamoto Katsuta Rally Finland 2017 Saalahti.jpg
Ford Fiesta R5 Mk. II[8] 2019 Rajd Świdnicki 2020 - Jarosław Kołtun i Ireneusz Pleskot.jpg
South Korea Hyundai Hyundai i20 R5/NG i20 R5[9][10] 2016 2019 Rally Poland - Jari Huttunen.jpg
France Peugeot Peugeot 208 T16 R5[7] 2014 Rally El Corte Ingles (143540527).jpeg
Malaysia Proton Proton Iriz R5 2017 Rally Poland 2021 Nabila Tejpar.jpg
Czech Republic Škoda Škoda Fabia R5[11] 2015 2017 Rally Bohemia - Kopecký-Dresler.jpg
Škoda Fabia R5 Evo[11] 2019 Rally de Portugal 2019 - ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo.jpg
Germany Volkswagen Volkswagen Polo GTI R5[12] 2018 Rally Poland 2021 Zbigniew Gabryś.jpg
The following models are currently in development:
Japan Mitsubishi Mitsubishi Mirage R5.[13][b] Developed by Ralliart Sweden,[13] but was not eligible for FIA homologation as the project was not approved by Mitsubishi.
Japan Toyota Toyota Yaris R5[14]

Notes

  1. ^ The 2019 season saw the running of two categories known as the World Rally Championship-2 Pro for manufacturer teams, and the World Rally Championship-2 for privateers. However, this multi-class structure was found to be too confusing, and so the category was re-structured for the 2020 season.[4]
  2. ^ Was not eligible to compete as the project was not approved by Mitsubishi

References

  1. ^ "Specific Regulations for Cars in Group Rally2" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Classification and Definitions" (PDF).
  3. ^ "FIA Rally Pyramid Brochure February 2021" (PDF).
  4. ^ Evans, David (8 October 2019). "FIA steps up plan to simplify WRC into five-tier career ladder". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  5. ^ Evans, David (8 October 2019). "FIA steps up plan to simplify WRC into five-tier career ladder". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  6. ^ Evans, David (31 May 2017). "Citroen starting from scratch with WRC2 car". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Copec Rally Chile 2019 Official Entry List" (PDF). rallymobil.cl. Rally Chile. 18 April 2019. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  8. ^ a b "M-Sport Ford Confirm Greensmith and Pieniazek for WRC-2 Pro". m-sport.co.uk. M-Sport World Rally Team. 10 January 2019. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  9. ^ "87. Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo" (PDF). Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Rally Sweden 2020 Entry List" (PDF). rallysweden.com. Rally Sweden. 27 January 2020. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  11. ^ a b Evans, David (28 November 2018). "Skoda Motorsport scales back for 2019 WRC2 season, Tidemand exits". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  12. ^ Evans, David (24 April 2017). "Volkswagen Polo WRC to run with a privateer for first time". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Introducing the Mitsubishi R5". wrc.com. WRC Promoter GmbH. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  14. ^ Evans, David (17 April 2019). "Toyota WRC squad plans to build R5-spec car for WRC2 class". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 31 October 2019.