WRC Promoter hails 2017 World Rally Car rules
· New technical rules for World Rally Cars approved in Mexico City
· Striking and aggressive look for cars via innovative aero package
· Increased performance to improve on-stage action for WRC fans
WRC Promoter has welcomed exciting new rally car technical regulations to be introduced to the FIA World Rally Championship in 2017.
The outline principles, which mean World Rally Cars will boast a dramatic and assertive fresh look and more power, were approved by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council in Mexico City on Friday (10 July).
Oliver Ciesla, managing director of WRC Promoter, which owns the commercial rights to the championship, said WRC fans could look forward to ‘a thrilling spectacle and heightened levels of excitement’.
The 2017 principles are an evolution of those currently in use and highlights include:
· More individual and dramatic looking cars thanks to a new aerodynamic package which allows bigger rear wings, greater overhangs for front and rear bumpers and larger door sills.
· Power increase to 380bhp will provide greater speed and acceleration via an increase in the turbo restrictor size from 33mm to 36mm.
· Minimum weight of cars reduced by 25kg to 1175kg
“An already exhilarating sport will become even more so in 2017 thanks to the WMSC’s approval of new technical principles today, and fans have every right to be excited about the positive direction in which WRC is heading here,” said Ciesla.
“The various manufacturers’ World Rally Cars will look 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,” added Ciesla.