Group B is back. But it's back with a hint of health and safety. As well as being the fastest rally weapons ever, the 2017 World Rally Cars will, the FIA is confident, also be the safest. New technical regulations have focused on a major hike in power, but at the same time there has been significant work on improving the lot of the crew should things go pearshaped.
On the road, the 2017 World Rally Car is a sight to behold. If it stays dry in Monte Carlo this week, these things will redefine what a car can do on a public road. In the higher-speed stages, there's an expectation that they will be a second per kilometre quicker than last year.
Fast-forward further into the season and the fastest-of-the-fast stages, and that would mean lifting 30 seconds out of the record for Ouninpohja on Rally Finland.