The team M-Sport Ford has committed to the International Automobile Federation a to participate in World Rally Championship of 2022 with a type of hybrid vehicle It will be equipped with an internal combustion engine and an electric one. The commitment encompasses three seasons, from 2022 to 2024.
Since the FIA announced in 2019 the introduction of hybrid technology in rally vehicles, the manufacturers involved, the WRC promoter and the FIA itself have been drafting the technical regulation that has been green-lit in the last World Motor Sport Council.
M-Sport Ford, from its headquarters based in the Dovenby Hall facilities (Cumbria, England), currently competes with a Ford Fiesta WRC with engine EcoBoost. It will now work closely with the FIA to help to develop hybrid technology to be used in next season's WRC.
This new era of hybrid technology in the WRC will coincide with the WRC's 50th anniversary and will undoubtedly mark one of the greatest milestones in the history of the sport, equating it to the comprehensive advancement of the automotive industry towards a more sustainable future. Likewise, the WRC of the next campaigns will provide a perfect R&D platform for the automotive industry to communicate its new technology.
“The WRC's transition from internal combustion engines to hybrid technology powertrains comes at an opportune time for Ford. The company is rapidly moving toward an electrified future, developing hybrid and electric technology for our most cutting-edge commercial and passenger vehicles. Taking part in a Rally1 hybrid car next season will allow us to test and demonstrate this technology in the exciting show that is the WRC. ", he claimed Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance.
Ford will introduce 17 new electrified models at the end of this year 2021. It recently also announced its commitment to have 2026% of the range of passenger vehicles in Europe in plug-in hybrid or fully electric versions by mid-100 to go fully electric by 2030.
“It has always been important for our sport to move with the times and this commitment to hybrid technology aligns the future of rallying with Ford's global will to move towards a more sustainable future. The FIA World Championship provides the perfect platform to test, develop and promote the latest production technology, which makes the WRC the ideal championship to give relevance and continuity to our sport ”, assured Malcolm wilson, CEO of M-Sport.
Besides M-Sport Ford also Hyundai y Toyota They have committed to this championship based on their production vehicles. The agreement includes a fair contribution from the FIA and manufacturers in cost containment in the development of the new technology, which will have a strong focus on sustainability, safety and budget management, all reflecting current trends. taking over the auto industry.