The road to the WRC 2017 is tortuous and although not yet
it has gone through the first third of the season 2016, for weeks that has
begun the race to become the dominant power from next year.
The development of the new World Rally Car, the survey, and recruitment of pilots, testing, and economic planning are already over
the table of the manufacturers that will be immersed in the championship. Volkswagen
Motorsport, Citroën Racing and Hyundai Motorsport and Toyota, Gazoo Racing have their
particular fields of battle and their different problems to solve.
Volkswagen Motorsport seems to have way more
clear of unknowns. Unless major surprise, the team will have three
Polo R WRC 2017, the units will be designed to Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti
Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen. Although anything can happen, the three pilots have
contracts of long duration with the German firm. In fact, the greatest
concern for the signature of Wolfsburg passes by find the right person
to fill the role of Director of Team, since Jost Capito has the days
counted in the structure after joining the team, McLaren-Honda’s
World Formula 1.
Hyundai Motorsport live in a plasma of doubts. The
continuity of the Korean manufacturer is given by made, but the planning technical
the time to develop the new World Rally Car generates more confusion. In a
first time, the Hyundai i20 WRC in 2017 was to be designed on the basis of the
i20 five-door, but Michel Nandan has left the door open to use
finally the version of the coupé three-door. (Pilot is a
unknown in itself, except for Hayden Paddon, while the i20 R5 will be the economic livelihood
team, so that is the most immediate concern.
plan M-Sport about his World Rally Car for 2017
points to the second half of the year. The preparer british have in mind
to develop the new vehicle on the basis of the Ford Fiesta in a maximum term
of 6 months, so it will not be until at least mid-summer when you start
the test. Without the support of a manufacturer and with the development of the Fiesta RS
WRC scheduled for the Rally of Portugal, it would be understandable that the brand centre
in 2017, as much as the runner-up position in this season tempted. With Malcolm
Wilson, the pilots are an unknown quantity.
After several fits and months of advantage lost, Toyota
will begin the test of the Yaris WRC in April. The margin of the own World Rally
Car, the project run by Tommi Makinen continues to generate a good dose of
doubts, though some have dissipated thanks to the recruitment of Juho
Hänninen, a test-driver that could win whole to end up being a pilot
an official of the japanese brand in 2017. From there, any kind of
confirmation. So much so that Tommi Makinen has come to affirm that not
will announce the identity of their drivers till the autumn.
Citroën Racing will return in 2017 and will do so with the Citroën C3
WRC, every time that the excision of DS is a reality. With Michel Nandan at the helm
and Kris Meeke as a driver leader of the project, the French company could put in
competition up to three units of their World Rally Car, being in the
betting community for its development and subsequent occupation Stéphane Lefebvre. Respect
the testing phase that will begin in April, Yves Matton has opened the door for Sebastien Loeb try this C3 WRC, according to his statements to ‘L’equipe’. Level
economic and after leaving the WTCC, it is expected that the budget of Citroën
to grow to levels of 2012.