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The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, commonly referred to as the FIA, is a non-profit association established in 1904 to represent the interest of motoring organisations and motor car users.

Headquartered at 8, Place de la Concorde, Paris, France, it consists of 207 national member organisations in 122 countries worldwide. Its current president is Max Mosley.

For the general public the FIA is mostly known as the governing body for certain major motor racing events.

For a long time the FIA delegated the organisation of automobile racing to the CSI (Commission Sportive Internationale), an autonomous committee that later became the FISA (Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile). A restructuring of the FIA lead to the disappearance of the FISA, putting motor racing under direct manangement of the FIA.

As is the case with soccer's FIFA, the FIA is generally known by its French name and acronym, even in English-speaking countries, but is occasionally rendered as International Automobile Federation.


Event History

In 1950, the FIA organised the first World Championship for race car drivers in racing events, known today as Formula One.

In 1955, the FIA created the World Endurance Championship, the first points series for sports car racing in the world. This championship only had scoring for manufacturers until 1981. From 1982, with the new Group C prototype regulations, a drivers championship was added.

In 1973, the FIA organised the first World Rally Championship. The Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo became the first ever FIA World Rally Championship event.


The FIA currently regulates the following events:

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