Ford has revealed its Fiesta WRC at the Paris motor show - the successor to a long line of Focus World Rally Cars.
Developed to world rallying’s new regulations, which feature 1.6-litre turbocharged motors and restrictions on transmission technology and the use of exotic materials, the Fiesta replaces the Focus, which has been at the centre of Ford’s rallying campaigns since 1999.
It’s been designed and developed by Ford’s rally partner M-Sport, under the direction of former works driver Malcolm Wilson. The Fiesta’s 1.6 engine is a highly tuned Ecoboost powerplant.
“The introduction of Ford’s latest engine technology to its rally programme furthers our commitment to motorsport,” said Mike Norton, the firm’s European motorsport boss.
“It also demonstrates our continued support for affordable competition by using an off-the-shelf production engine on which to base our WRC powerplant.”