WSC confirms TCR hybrid plans for 2023

WSC Group, the entity behind the TCR concept, has officially confirmed plans to introduce hybrid technology into the regulations for the 2023 season.

On the back of a report in AutoHebdo in which a move to hybrid technology in the World Touring Car Cup was suggested, WSC has revealed that work has already started on a study into how a hybrid system can be incorporated into the regulations.

Discussions with manufacturers with existing TCR cars have shown interest in the creation of a plug-in kit that can be distributed by the manufacturers for use in their own models, offering an additional power boost of power of between 20 and 30kW (27-41hp).

An energy recovery system that would allow the hybrid to regenerate under braking and deceleration would also be a feature.

As well as looking to make the TCR concept more environmentally friendly, any hybrid system would need to available at an ‘affordable price’ to all customers, with development tests on a system due to be completed by the end of the month.

Should those tests run as expected, then the system could be tested in a yet to be decided TCR series this year before individual series are given the choice as to whether to adopt ‘HTCR’ in 2023.