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Safari Rally organisers issue critical warning to fans

Watch out for the flashing red light on tier one rally cars - fans warned

JUNE 24: Ott Tanak of Estonia and Martin Jarveoja of Estonia compete with their Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC during Day One of the FIA World Rally Championship Kenya on June 24, 2021 in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo by Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images)

Organisers of the World Rally Championships (WRC) Safari Rally have been warned against touching the hybrid cars when a red light flashes on the car as they risk being electrocuted.

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The hybrid electric cars which were introduced this season at the top tier level of the Championship will feature an ‘HY’ graphic signifying a hybrid-car will feature on both doors instead of the competition number.

However, the car’s competition number will still feature on the side windows to make it easier for spectators to easily identify the drivers and their co-drivers. The teams that will feature the graphic are Hyundai Motorsport, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team and Toyota Gazoo Racing.

“The key message is for fans to look for the green light on the new Rally1 cars. Solid green lights on the windscreen and both side windows mean it is safe to touch a stationary vehicle. A flashing red light accompanied by an alarm, or if no light is visible at all, means fans must keep away.” said FIA safety director Tim Malyon.

To prevent the drivers from being electrocuted, all Rally1 cars will feature two pairs of special gloves referred to as class-0 gloves which are capable of withstanding 1000 volts.

During the competition just before the races begin, a zero car will be driven in advance in order to confirm that spectators are located in safe zones as well as spread important safety guidelines.

The zero car will also be fitted with a black and green door panel carrying a ‘green light = safe to approach’ message on one side. The other side of the panel will display the ‘HY’ text in the same place as on competing Rally1 cars.

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