Established by ex-factory team driver Malcolm Wilson, M-Sport was selected to breathe new life into Ford’s World Rally Championship programme in 1997.
Former world champions such as Colin McRae, Carlos Sainz and Marcus Grönholm delivered numerous rally victories, the latter leading the squad to back-to-back manufacturers’ titles in 2006 and 2007 with a Focus RS World Rally Car.
Jari-Matti Latvala and Mikko Hirvonen brought more victories when the Fiesta replaced the Focus in 2011, but Ford’s withdrawal from the championship at the end of 2012 delivered a financial blow to Wilson’s small team.
It toiled without further success until 2017 when the arrival of Sébastien Ogier signaled a swift upturn in fortunes. The Frenchman led the team to both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ world titles in an impressive new-generation Fiesta.
Ford returned to M-Sport’s side in 2018 in greater force and Ogier delivered another drivers’ crown before returning to Citroën in 2019.
Success was hard to come by for the next two seasons, but a blend of experience and youth promises much in 2022. Nine-time world champion Sébastien Loeb has joined for a part-programme to support new signing and team leader Craig Breen and youngsters Adrien Fourmaux and Gus Greensmith.