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The general consensus is that the current WRC rules provide exceptionally tight competition and visually spectacular cars

The 2020 World Rally Championship got underway in Monte Carlo at the end of January. Though the current rule set, which arrived in 2017, is now entering the mature stage, the three remaining WRC teams – following Citroen’s withdrawal at the end of 2019 – Toyota, Hyundai and M-Sport/ Ford, are still bringing in updates to their cars.

Due to the joker system governing updates both between and through seasons, the introduction of any new part must be carefully assessed to ensure it provides the greatest possible performance gain. In this respect 2020 is actually a slightly unusual year as teams have five jokers to play, rather than the usual three. This is the result of an agreement between teams and the FIA to front-load some of 2021’s jokers, as new regulations will apply in 2022.

The 2020 season is actually slightly unusual, as this year the WRC teams have five jokers to play, rather than the usual three

Ford Fiesta WRC

Due to the system of limiting parts year on year, teams spread major updates across seasons. For example, M-Sport homologated several new components in late 2019,

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