The date for the introduction of the 1600cc turbo engine for the World Rally Car has been brought forward to 2011 it has been announced, following the latest meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council, which took place in Paris on Wednesday.

A statement from the FIA explained that the change had been made to bring it in line with the engine used in the cars on sale to the public.

Meanwhile, in a separate development, it has been revealed that a 'WRC Cup' for Super 2000 cars will be introduced from next year.

"Teams must register and contest at least seven nominated rounds, including at least one outside Europe.

"Conditions for registration will be finalised in due course," added the FIA.

The 2010 World Rally Championship calendar was also officially published [see separate story] and in future event organisers will be given flexibility to evolve the character of their events to create a 'unique flavour'.

"Rallies may be run over two, three or four days, but must finish on a Saturday or Sunday.

"To increase the spectacle, there will be freedom to mix asphalt and gravel surfaces either within a stage or within the itinerary of a day," the WMSC explained in its statement issued on June 24.

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