M-Sport recently unveiled its new WRC contender at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. After securing three World Rally Championship titles since its introduction in 2017, the Fiesta WRC will be replaced by an all-new Puma Rally1 for the 2022 campaign as top-flight rallying adapts to incorporate the latest hybrid and electrification technologies. Reflecting Ford’s bold move to ensure all of its model range is zero-emissions capable (either electric or plug-in hybrid) by 2026, with the switch to fully electric in 2030, the Puma Rally1 better reflects Ford’s customer range, combining a championship-winning, turbocharged 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine with a sophisticated 100 kW electric motor and 3.9 kWh battery.
It’s all in the aim of proving that electric and hybrid Fords will still be fun to drive. Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance, said, “Ford is 100 per cent committed to an electrified future, and the white heat of competition has been responsible for many of the innovations that appear in our road cars today. The M-Sport Ford Puma Rally1 will put hybrid power to the ultimate test, and prove that the technology is capable of delivering thrilling performance.”