The all-new Ford Fiesta WRC has been officially revealed just under 2 months before it will make it’s competitive debut at the legendary Monte Carlo rally. Based on the new 2017 Fiesta, the car is built and run by M-Sport, who themselves are controlled by ex rally driver Malcolm Wilson.
Thanks to the new 2017 WRC regulations, the new car is powered by a 1.6-litre Ecoboost engine which works alongside a larger 36mm restrictor to give 380bhp and 332lb of torque. The engine is controlled by a 6-speed sequential gearbox with hydraulic shift which sends power to all four wheels via a multi-disc clutch and an active centre differential. The hydraulic shift is a common feature of an modern day rally car, long gone are the days of a manual gearbox.
Ford officially revealed the new Fiesta in November but M-Sport have all ready been able to cover over 4000 in testing, giving the team a great head start for when the new championship comes around. No Ford driver has won the driver’s championship since Ari Vatanen in his Escort RS in 1981, and the team hasn’t claimed the constructor’s title since 2007, so could 2017 finally be their year?
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