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Puma Rally 1 hybrid is the entry for Ford in 2022 WRC. It would be used for the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s upcoming challenger in the 2022 World Rally Championship. The WRC cars would switch to hybrid powertrains and the Puma Rally 1 would be the one replacing the successful Fiesta WRC racer.
It has been unveiled as a prototype of the new machine at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. As the rules retain the current 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engines it has been added as a standard spec 136hp hybrid electric motor, and also it is being powered by a 3.9kWh battery.
M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson said: “The new era of WRC cars is one of the biggest technological advancements in WRC to date. The introduction of the hybrid means that the cars will be more powerful than ever, whilst also directly reflecting the powertrains within their road-going counterparts.”
“The switch to the Puma is very exciting, with the name already having rally heritage,” he said. “The car looks fantastic, and I cannot wait to see it at the start line of the famous Monte Carlo Rally in early 2022.”
The Cumbrian-based squad already been in the run for the Fiesta WRC since 2011, from when it was Ford’s global WRC team. Whereas it has been a privateer squad since 2012, it has maintained close ties with Ford, which is keen to showcase the performance credentials of both the Puma crossover and its hybrid technology.
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