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The striking new illustration of a WRC car in 2017 above heralds a new era of exhilaration for the sport. The FIA World Motor Sport Council in Mexico City has approved exciting outline principles of the technical regulations for 2017, with a whole raft of changes that are really going to spice things up.

It looks aggressive with a new aerodynamic package that includes a bigger rear wing and uprated engine power to 380 hp. This is due to an increase in the turbo restrictor size to 36 mm.

The cars will also be bigger due to a 55 mm increase in the permitted width and a greater overhang at the front and rear. Interestingly, electronically-controlled centre differential will also be returning to the sport, and they will be 25 kg lighter.

FIA chiefs are quick to stress that the changes are evolutionary rather that revolutionary, as these changes to the technical rules are the most drastic since 2011.

According to FIA technical director, Bernard Niclot, they wanted to make the car spectacular, be mindful of costs, increase safety and ultimately create striking cars.

Sebastien Ogier, the reigning world champion, was effusive about the new proposals. “As a racing driver, you’re always looking for more performance, the larger wing and new aerodynamics will give more downforce, grip and speed through the corners; driving them is going to spectacular, with the aggressive and wider body too.”

Oliver Ciesla, managing director of WRC Promoter believes that “an exhilarating sport will become even more so in 2017, and the fans have every right to be excited about the positive direction in which WRC is heading,” he said.