March 15, 2007

Targa Newfoundland announces class for hybrid cars in 2007 rally

St. John’s, Newfoundland – The Targa Newfoundland international road rally will break ground with the introduction of a competitive class for hybrid vehicles in the 2007 edition, the organizers have announced. The new class will make Targa among the very first organized motorsports events in North America to offer a class for gasoline/electric hybrid vehicles.

The class will be for new models from existing manufacturers and will be part of the Targa competition. The rules will be based on the existing Modern Division regulations for “standard specification” vehicles. In addition to the safety and other regulations that govern the Modern Division, the rules for the new hybrid class will restrict modifications that might otherwise compromise the vehicle’s fuel economy.

“Hybrid vehicles have always been welcome in the Grand Touring competition, but now we have expanded the invitation to include the Targa competition,” says rally organizer Robert Giannou. “In the future, we’re prepared to look at classes for conventional cars converted to hybrid operation, at alternate fuel vehicles and other technological evolutions. We see this as a great platform for manufacturers, for university engineering schools, or anyone interested in using Targa to explore new technologies. We don’t expect a flood of entries the first year, but we do expect this class to grow and be an important part of our appeal.”

The sixth annual Targa Newfoundland will run September 8 to 15, 2007, starting and ending in St. John’s and covering more than 2,000 km of public roads, including more than 400 km of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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