FIA announce first ever drift car regulations.
FIA release list of regulations on Monday 9th of March 2020.
The FIA held a meeting this past weekend, the FIA World Motor Sport Council have approved the first ever common vehicle standards for drift cars, a step in the right direction for the sport and professionalism in the discipline.
The FIA Drifting Commission put a proposal forward for new standards for the car and has been named DC1, these relate to the professional divisions of the sport, the proposals were compiled in cooperation with industry experts leading drift series around the world. such as Jim Liaw of Formula D and Jerome Vassia of the French drift championship.
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Until these regulations were released there has been no common standards or rules for drift cars, each series, event or organisation have had to implement their own regulations when it came to drift cars. These regulations can only can only be seen as a good thing, they will allow teams and drifters to build their drift cars to a common set of regulations, which will be accepted worldwide, making it a thousand times easier for competitors to use the same car across different multiple events and countries. This will also help the sport to grow.
The FIA Drifting Commission President Akira Iida, has stated that '' These regulations are something that have been desperately needed for a long time.''
“Up until now, competitors have had to pick a series and build a car for those regulations without knowing if it could be used anywhere else, “Our sport is still developing and most competitors simply don’t have the budget to build multiple different cars to run in different championships. These common standards should greatly simplify the process for both the competitors and the series that they run in and is just the first in a number of measures that the Drifting Commission plans to introduce to take the sport to expand the sport further.”
While the FIA team created the new regulations, the FIA made ever effort to maintain the unique spirit of drifting.
Akira Lida was not the only board member to have his say on these new regulations and how they will help the sport as a whole.
FIA Technical Director Gilles Simon stated ''We have attempted to keep all the elements that make the sport exciting and engaging for drivers and fans alike, such as engine configuration and power output, which will both be left open for the competitors to determine. Instead we have contributed our expertise where it is most required, improving the safety of the cars by instilling FIA standards throughout.I believe that the majority of the top level cars that currently exist will find that they can already comply with minimal to no modifications, but these are not the cars that we are targeting. Our goal is instead to raise the standard of the other cars on the grid to ensure consistent safety levels throughout.”
The DC1 regulations are aimed towards the pro classes of the sport, so over the next year the drifting commission along with the FIA technical department will work together to implement regulations along the same lines for both the semi pro levels of each series.
If you would like to see these new regulations you can download a copy them in pdf file format from here:
Specific Regulations for DC1 Drift Vehicles (approved by WMSC 060320)
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