WRC teams change their vehicles to combat cockpit temperatures.

The FIA ​​confirmed last week that it was working with teams to tackle cabin temperatures on the new Rally1 car, which was described as dangerous by Rally Portugal crews two weeks ago.

The cabin temperature has risen due to the move to the right of the car from a central location for the new Rally1 cars for 2022.

As a result, the co-pilot is now exposed to high temperatures.

Following multiple proposals presented to the WRC Commission, the parties have made a series of minor changes, but these were limited to tough times between the Portugal and Sardinia rounds.

Drivers will have to deal with ambient temperatures that are expected to reach 41 degrees on Saturday.

Andrew Whitley, director of the FIA ​​assembly, confirmed that the parties would be allowed to use a variety of strategies to deal with the problem that have been approved by the WRC commission, some of which require an accelerated equilibrium process.

The crew was able to change the roof vents, add vents to the windows and place mirror film over the windows to reflect heat. The insulation of the engine bugs under the car can also be changed at low temperatures.

“Really, this is a really good example of how motorsport tries its best to solve any problem,” Whitley said.

“We have two problems, physical limitations and we have regulatory limitations on what we can do. There is no doubt that this weekend is going to be quite exceptional. The declared temperature is going to be huge.

“Immediately after Portugal, the FIA ​​technical team sat down and made two lists.

“The first list was what we could do without any equivalent changes and that list had five points and the teams immediately started working on those issues.

“Then there were three more issues that needed to be expedited as part of the homosexuality process and referred to the CMR Commission for a quick response. [the teams] Will have to get changes this weekend. A

Hyundai has chosen the most visible solution by fitting its i20 N with a reflective gold roof which they hope will withstand the heat of the sun and reduce the temperature of the cabin.

Despite this quick correction, Julian Monsett, head of Hyundai’s subsidiary team, is not sure if the measures taken will suffice, but he did point out that the parties could not make any significant changes due to limited time between events.

He hopes a complete solution will come soon after this month’s safari rally (June 23-26) due to limited time for car transport in Kenya.

“The time between the two events, Portugal and Sardinia, was really short,” Monset told Autosport.

“We discussed with the FIA ​​last week and we agreed on some measures that would be implemented here in Sardinia. Whether that will be enough, I don’t think, but at least it will improve the situation.

“I’m sure all the teams would come up with proposals, but we were allowed to put some holes behind the side windows and play with the ventilation of the roof. We have a gold roof to limit sunlight.

“We know that the main source of heat comes from the exhaust line, so these reflective panels are only effective for outside heat, but if we get a few degrees cooler it will be more than welcome.

“We need to remove more heat from the inside, so we’ll see some interesting solutions over the weekend.

“For now, whatever we can do. We’ll see how much has improved this weekend, and if that’s not enough, we’ll have to go back to our team and the FIA ​​to decide what to do next.

“We only have one week, so we have to be realistic and we can’t do everything in such a short time. We take it very seriously because it is an important issue. A

In addition to changing vehicles, assembly organizers will ensure that crews have access to water at the end of the step.

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