This is Ford’s new-generation, hybrid Puma WRC car

We have actually already seen the competitor that Hyundai is fielding in the World Rally Championship this year, and also currently it’s Ford’s turn to disclose its entrance for the brand-new, environmentally friendly (ish) era of rallying.

This, individuals of the net, is the Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1; called thus since the WRC is operating under a totally new book of regulations for 2022.

As before power comes from a 1.6-litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine, and now that’s been wed to a 100kW electric motor for increases of as much as three secs each time, many, lot of times over, per phase.

With engine and also electric motor working together you’re taking a look at greater than 493bhp and also in excess of 369lb feet of torque, and also a 0-62mph figure in the region of 3.2 seconds. That gets on either tarmac or gravel, incidentally.

The crossbreed tech additionally offers the WRC the chance to forecast a cleaner, greener photo, with the capability for automobiles to take a trip between stages under electrical power alone. For a bit anyway, 3.6 kWh just obtains you thus far.

What else is brand-new? There’s been a great deal of focus on simplification in order to reduce costs, so the aero, suspension and also transmissions have all been made less complicated.

Add the crossbreed system’s 95kg of mass right into the mix and this year’s cars should be a little bit slower than before. Not that plain mortals like us will certainly be any type of much less horrified by the on-board video of night stages taken at full tilt.

” Among one of the most fascinating aspects of WRC down the years has actually been the clear web link in between the ultra-high efficiency rally automobiles and their road-going equivalents,” says Mark Rushbrook, worldwide supervisor of Ford Performance. “That’s why it’s so vital that this brand-new period of WRC reflects our market’s change to electrification.

” At Ford, we’re fully committed to an electrified future, as well as campaigning the M-Sport Puma Hybrid Rally1 auto in the hardest conditions is mosting likely to assist us establish a lot more exciting amazed powertrains for our consumers.”

This period also notes 25 years of the collaboration in between Ford as well as M-Sport, which has until now yielded 7 championships and some 1,500 phase wins in between predecessors like the Feast WRC as well as Focus RS WRC.

3 Pumas will be fielded in 2022, with normal chauffeurs including Craig Breen, Adrien Fourmaux and Gus Greensmith. Oh, and nine-time champ Sebastien Loeb – that TG has been riding shotgun with this week in Prodrive’s BRX Seeker – is joining in for a one-off appearance at the Monte Carlo Rally.

He’s won the occasion 7 times previously, so his cameo could be quite stunning. Listen following week …