It's the buzz of the World Rally Championship. The M-Sport has finally lifted the cover off its 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC, which set to debut at the WRC (World Rally Championship) next year.
The Cambrian-based outfit has become the second WRC constructor to unveil its 2017 car for the next year’s technical regulations changes. The M-Sport unveil follows Hyundai’s launch of its 2017 WRC challenger, the i20 Coupe, at Monza last week.
The aggressively-looking Ford Fiesta is a whole new machine and is expected to be a strong contender once the new technical regulations come into full effect for the WRC next month.
Compared to the previous Fiesta RS WRC, the 2017 Ford Fiesta has undergone a massive overhaul, some of the most intensive design process in the racing world. The car is capable of producing around 283kWh or 380 bhp of muscles power and 450Nm of torque, according to the company.
The new car has been tested extensively in recent months, racking up more than 6000 km, including the one with WRC champion Sebastien Ogier last month. M-Sport also added that car’s testing program will continue next week.
M-Sport has yet to announce who will drive the new 2017Ford Fiesta next season, as WRC champion Sebastien Ogier continues to cast some doubt after Volkswagen's withdrawal. The reigning champion has tested the new car four times in the past.
Founded in 1979, M-Sport is a motorsport racing team based in Cumbria, England. Originally founded under the name Malcolm Wilson Motorsport, the company grew steadily through the 1980s, with varying success running cars in several rally championships.
The Cumbrian-outfit has won numerous titles in Italy, Portugal, the Middle East, and in the British Rally Championship, where founder Malcolm Wilson himself driving at the wheel.
In 2014, M-Sport become the official Bentley Motorsport outfit and started to prepare Bentley Continental GT3 for Blancpain Endurance Series and British GT Championship
In addition to Bentley, M-Sport supplies Ford Fiesta Rallycross Supercars to Chip Ganassi Racing, Bryan Herta Autosport, and the Global Rallycross Championship teams Hoonigan Racing Division.
M-Sport has also worked with Ford Performance and Hoonigan Racing Division for the development of Ford Focus RS RX, which set to compete in this year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship.
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