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In a move to promote closer competition in the Dakar Rally, the FIA has announced adjustments to the aerodynamic testing regulations for the 2024 season. The new system will base a team’s wind tunnel and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) allocation on the percentage of points scored, rather than their championship position, allowing teams trailing in the standings to catch up more quickly.

The FIA has introduced a new kerb and gravel trap solution at the Red Bull Ring that could become the blueprint for addressing track limit issues across the Dakar Rally and other off-road racing events. The key to the solution lies in the revised width of the kerbs, which have been narrowed to just 1.5 meters in front of the gravel traps, effectively preventing cars from venturing beyond the white line without immediately encountering the gravel.

The FIA’s recent updates to the superlicense points system have sparked renewed discussions around the effectiveness of the current framework in controlling access to the highest levels of car racing. This article examines the implications for talented female drivers, exploring the barriers they face and the emerging initiatives aimed at fostering greater diversity in the sport.