The organisers of the Wales Rally GB have announced that the Cardiff Super Special Stage will get a 'make-over' for this year's event, the final round in the World Rally Championship.

The changes are being made in a bid to ensure it is 'faster and even more spectacular'.

Run around a specially laid out course on the floor of Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, the 1.10 kilometre test has remained unchanged since its introduction in 2005, until now.

This year the stage will retain its traditional Saturday evening slot on December 6 but will be a fraction shorter to provide longer straights and faster corners to increase speeds and sideways driving.

"It was time to redesign the stage and increase its appeal to both drivers and spectators," said Andrew Coe, chief executive of event organiser International Motor Sports Ltd. "By making the straights longer and the corners more open the cars can go quicker and the drivers can power-slide them even more than in previous years."

In a separate development meanwhile the organisers have confirmed that prior to the first of the expected 90 rally cars starting the competitive section in the Millennium Stadium there will be an hour of entertainment under the theme 'Fire and Ice'.

"There will be high speed action, acrobatics and dancing... providing the perfect family outing to start the run up to Christmas," added a statement to the media.

"Joining the line-up is 11 times world record holding stunt driver, Terry Grant, who will wow crowds with his daredevil motoring manoeuvres and ultimate car control. Grant is the greatest stunt performer in the business and will put spectators on the edge of their seats with his demonstration of bravery and skill.

"To add to the high-octane action, organisers have enlisted the UK's number one freestyle motorcross rider Jamie Squibb. He will perform a mouth-watering display of airborne motorcycle aerobatics, perfectly choreographed to music. His mind-blowing, no-holds barred show will leave everyone wanting more.

"Capturing the spirit of the evening, the Fuel Girls, a collective of dancers and stunt artists, will wow the crowds with their sassy, fire-breathing show. The girls bring their routine, which has been performed all over the world, to Wales with the promise of getting spectators revved up.

"Taking advantage of the height of the indoor stadium, two acrobats will perform live, suspended from heliospheres - large balloons which will float above the stadium floor - and provide a truly mesmerising show.

"All of the spectacular performances will be accompanied by an innovative display of pyrotechnics and even a flurry of snow, to add to the Christmas spirit!"

"Wales Rally GB is set to finish the rally season off with a bang and cement its place as one of the leading sporting events in the UK," Coe summed-up. "Cardiff remains the only city to offer rally fans from across the globe the opportunity to watch an indoor stage of the Championship, so we have worked hard to put on a world-class show for all spectators.

"Watching rally stars compete in the Millennium Stadium is breathtaking and exhilarating in itself and the entertainment just adds to this, making sure it is a night to be remembered.

"The programme for the evening has something on offer to entertain everyone, from families to groups of friends. I can also reveal we might have more exciting news to come - so watch this space!"

The entertainment at the Millennium Stadium stage will start at 17:00 on Saturday 6 December, doors open at 16:00. With Wales Rally GB's Kids for a quid ticket offer, those under 15 can attend from just ?1 and they will receive a free gift - a set of bang sticks to use in the Stadium. Adult tickets start from ?13.