The team M-Sport Ford World Rally Team unveiled the Ford Puma Rally1, the hybrid vehicle with which it will compete in the World Rally from 2022 in the beginning of a new era in the specialty based on electrification.
Making his global public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the M-Sport Ford Puma Rally1, which will replace the current Ford Fiesta WRC, has a new generation hybrid system that It perfectly combines the performance of the 1.6-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine with an electric 100 kW and a 3,9 kWh battery.
"Ford is 100% committed to an electrified future and the heat of competition has been responsible for many of the innovations that appear in our road cars today.", he claimed Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance. "The M-Sport Ford Puma Rally1 will put hybrid power to the test and demonstrate that the technology is capable of delivering exciting performance."
M-Sport Ford announced earlier this year its commitment to a new three-year agreement to introduce hybrid technology to the WRC. The sophisticated new plug-in hybrid engine will provide competition-level performance, as well as the ability to traverse towns, cities and service parks between stages using purely electric power.
The hybrid system of the Puma Rally1 works on principles similar to those of the road version of the Puma EcoBoost Hybrid. It captures the energy that is normally lost during braking and deceleration and stores it in a battery that powers an electric motor to improve the car's efficiency or to provide a performance boost. In the case of Rally1 it will allow up to three seconds of extra boost during competitive driving.
Like the plug-in hybrid technology available to Ford customers in vehicles such as the Kuga Plug-In Hybrid, the battery pack can also be recharged using a external power source at service points between stages, with a recharge that takes approximately 25 minutes.
Weighing 95 kg, the hybrid system is liquid and air cooled and housed in a ballistic resistance housing to withstand the impact of debris and G-forces in the event of an accident.
In addition, cars in the new category that replaces the WRC will use a non-fossil fuel and 100% sustainable, mixing synthetic and biodegradable elements.
“The new era of WRC cars is one of the WRC's greatest technological advancements to date. The introduction of the hybrid means that the cars will be more powerful than ever, while directly mirroring the engines of their road counterparts. "Said Malcolm wilson, CEO of M-Sport.
"The change to Puma is very exciting as the name has a rally heritage, the car looks fantastic and I can't wait to see it on the starting line of the famous Monte Carlo Rally in early 2022." he assured.
Ford has been a continuous partner of M-Sport since 1997, achieving seven FIA World Rally Championships and more than 1.500 stage victories.