The M-Sport Ford Puma Rally1 to put hybrid power to the ultimate test

The M-Sport Ford World Rally Team (WRT) has revealed the new electrified Puma Rally1 rally car for the 2022 Series.

The car features a turbocharged 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine with a sophisticated 100kW electric motor and 3.9kWh battery.

It will be driven by M-Sport Ford WRT driver Adrien Fourmaux and M-Sport Ford test driver Matthew Wilson.

“Ford is 100% 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,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance.

“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.”

“The Puma Rally1’s hybrid system operates using similar principles to the Puma EcoBoost Hybrid road car. The powertrain captures energy normally lost during braking and coasting and stores it in a battery that can power an electric motor to enhance the road car’s fuel efficiency or provide a performance boost – in the case of Puma Rally1 as much as 100kW for multiple boosts of up to three seconds during competitive driving.”

The new Puma Rally1 will replace the M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC, which has secured three World Rally Championship titles since its introduction in 2017.

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