A new concept for the classification of Category 1 cars in hill climb is under consideration within the FIA.
A series of simulations will be launched on a number of events counting towards the FIA European Hill Climb Championship or the FIA International Hill Climb Cup in 2018.


The FIA is studying a vehicle classification method and “open” regulations, aimed at making FIA hill climb competitions as inclusive as possible.


The target:

  • all closed cars competing in Category 1 (Groups N, A, GT, S20, R1-R5) or in Group E1 of the FIA;
  • homologated or non-homologated cars;
  • cars coming from national groups;
  • cars coming from single-make series.


– To give the greatest number of competitors the possibility of entering FIA hill climbs in Category 1.
– To introduce a simplified, horizontal classification system (at all levels, including national groups and FIA groups) that is applicable to all national or international championships.
– To implement common and minimal technical regulations while harmonising the FIA safety prescriptions.

Performance Factor (the “Pf”)

Each car is identified by a number of performance points (the Pf) determined by the calculation of 5 components: “racing weight”, “engine”, “aerodynamics”, “drive train” and “chassis”.
At an event, the cars are grouped in classes according to their performance level.

Calculation of the Performance Factor (the “Pf”)

To obtain the Pf of the car, the driver fills in a technical form online.
The online application handles the processing of the technical information and facilitates the use of the Pf formula (instantaneous calculation of the Pf).

The procedure is free and personalised (around 35 fields to fill in). A mobile application will also be brought into service in due course.

  • Test the Pf of your car: to be announced (April 2018)

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)


Pf Presentation (Concept of Car Classification)

Comparison (Eligible Cars)

The following list illustrates a sample of potential hill climb cars and compare their 2017 eligibility with their potential 2019 eligibility.

Press Release

Any questions? – email: hillclimb@fia.com


More: www.fia.com/performance-factor

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