World Rally Cars will undergo some big changes for the 2017 season. They will be wider and lower, have more aggressive aero and more power. They should sound better and be more tail-happy, too. All good stuff.

The 2017-spec Volkswagen Polo WRC was filmed by Zero Understeer while testing in Germany recently. Even in bare white, it looks a lot meaner than the current machine, if not exactly beautiful. But then, no WRC since the late-Nineties two-door Subaru Impreza has been.

It appears faster too, and sounds fantastic. As for being more tail-happy, sadly not. Admittedly, a four-square, four-wheel-drive car on dry Tarmac and slick tyres isn’t going to come unstuck easily. Loose surfaces will be the real test.

We think the Polo is the only 2017 car that’s been seen testing thus far. Citroen/DS is sitting the 2016 season out to develop its new DS 3, while Hyundai will no doubt be out in the ’17 i20 soon. The returning Toyota was scheduled to give its Yaris a first run this month, but delays have forced postponement until April. And who knows when cash-strapped M-Sport will have a new Fiesta ready?

By Only Motors