Ford Fiesta WRC
M-Sport has revealed details of the new Ford Fiesta WRC it will campaign in the 2017 World Rally Championship.
Designed to next-year's exciting new WRC technical regulations, the car has undergone a complete redesign to deliver more power and more mechanical grip.
M-Sport managing director, Malcolm Wilson, believes his team has created a car with winning potential.
“Having driven the car myself, I can honestly say that it is one of the most impressive we have ever produced. It’s exciting to drive, it sounds fantastic and it looks absolutely sensational." he said.
“Every team is starting on an equal footing and I’m confident that we have produced another car which is capable of challenging – and winning – at the very highest level.
“More than 95 per cent has been designed from scratch and our team has had whatever they’ve wanted to build the best possible car. No expense has been spared, and we start the 2017 season with one goal in mind – returning to the top step of the podium.”
Based on the new road-going Fiesta, the bodyshell takes full advantage of extra aerodynamic freedoms, with a front and rear splitter, dive planes and a massive rear wing.
More powerful that its Fiesta RS predecessor, the car produces 380 bhp and 450 Nm of torque from an Ecoboost-powered 1600cc direct injection engine with a 36 mm inlet restrictor.
Putting the power to the wheels is a new six-speed sequential gearbox with hydraulic shift, a multi-disc clutch and an active centre differential.
|Engine type||In-line four cylinder, 1.6 litre, turbo direct injection|
|Bore x Stroke||83.0 mm / 73.9 mm|
|Power (max)||380 hp (280 kW) at 6,000 rpm|
|Torque (max)||450 Nm at 4,000 rpm|
|Transmission type||Four-wheel drive|
|Gearbox||Six-speed sequential gearbox developed by M-Sport and Ricardo with hydraulic shift|
|Differentials||Mechanical front and rear differentials with active centre differential|
|Clutch||Multi disc clutch developed by M-Sport and AP Racing|
|Suspension||MacPherson struts with Reiger adjustable dampers|
|Steering||Power-assisted rack and pinion|
|Brakes (Gravel)||(front and rear): 300mm Brembo ventilated discs with Brembo four- piston monoblock calipers.|
|Brakes (Asphalt)||(front and rear): 370mm/355mm Brembo ventilated discs with Brembo four-piston monoblock calipers.|
|Wheels||8 x 18 inch for tarmac, 7 x 15 inch for gravel ; Michelin tyres|
|Weight||1.190 kg minimum / 1.350 kg with crew|