WRC: M-Sport reveals new Fiesta rally car

2016-12-09 22:13:11

M-Sport today revealed technical details of its redesigned Ford Fiesta WRC, designed to next-generation technical regulations implemented by the FIA for 2017.

Based on the all-new, road-going Ford Fiesta, the Fiesta WRC features a fully CFD designed aerodynamic bodyshell features a front and rear splitter, dive planes and impressive rear wing which lends a striking visual differentiation from its predecessor.

More spectacular and more powerful than the outgoing car, the new Fiesta has undergone a complete redesign with 95 percent of the car designed from scratch to deliver more power, and more mechanical grip., according to M-Sport.

Producing 380hp from its bespoke Ecoboost-powered 1600cc direct injection engine and 36 mm inlet restrictor, the car features a newly designed six-speed sequential gearbox with hydraulic shift runs alongside a multi-disc clutch and an active center differential offering enhanced control and performance.

10273 Fiesta2 2016 116 592x333Redesigned MacPherson struts with Reiger external reservoir dampers are fully adjustable in bump and rebound, while ventilated brake discs with unique four-piston monoblock calipers provide the stopping power.

Improved safety has also formed a key part of the Fiesta WRC's development. A T45 steel rollcage is welded to the chassis with structural door sill reinforcements.

The presence of enhanced energy absorbing foam has also been significantly increased from 60 liters to a minimum of 95 liters. The crew's Sparco seats are cocooned by this foam and energy management figures have increased by as much as 20 percent.

"Entering a new era in the FIA World Rally Championship, there is a real sense of excitement throughout the team, and rightly so as I believe we have created something extremely special in the new Ford Fiesta WRC, said M-Sport Managing Director Malcolm Wilson. "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.

"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.

10274 fiesta3 2016 116 592x333"More than 95 percent 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."

M-Sport Head of Engineering Chris Williams added: "A tremendous amount of effort, passion and enthusiasm has gone into this project and there has been a real commitment from our entire team.

"Designing a brand-new car from a completely clean sheet of paper has allowed our team to re-evaluate every single component to produce the lightest and most innovative car possible.

"We've pushed the physical boundaries in all areas and have some very interesting things going on underneath the surface that we are sure are unique to this car and have already improved performance significantly in testing."

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