The commercial rights owner of the World Rally Championship is adamant the new regulations are a bold and exciting move by the sport after it was verified by the World Motor Sports Council in Mexico City on Friday (10 July).
The new rules will be introduced at the start of the 2017 season, coinciding with Toyota's return to WRC, and include 'more individual and dramatic looking cars with bigger rear wings, greater overhangs for front and rear bumpers and larger door sills'.
WRC manufacturers will also be allowed to run with more power by pumping it up to a maximum 380bhp and a turbo restrictor increase from 33mm to 36mm. Additionally, the minimum weight of a WRC machine has been reduced by 25kg to 1175kg.
Oliver Ciesla, managing director of WRC Promoter, is delighted to see the new regulations confirmed for 2017 and says it will bring even more thrills into rallying.
“An already exhilarating sport will become even more so in 2017 thanks to the World Motor Sport Council's approval of new technical principles and fans have every right to be excited about the positive direction WRC is heading,” Ciesla said. “The distinct and dynamic and the fresh appearance, combined with increased performance, will raise the hairs on the back of our necks as they drift through the stages.
“WRC Promoter has been heavily involved in defining these regulations from the outset. We listened carefully to input from our broadcast partners and particularly what WRC fans said they wanted in a recent survey and I can't wait to see these cars break cover in 2017.”