M-Sport launched its new Ford Fiesta S2000 machine at the firm's Cumbria base on Wednesday.
The car will make its public debut in this weekend's Rally of Scotland, which gets under way from Perth on Thursday night. Matthew Wilson will drive it as course car.
Wilson's father Malcolm – the managing director of M-Sport – launched the highly acclaimed car in the workshop where Ford's World Rally Championship cars are built and prepared.
Wilson said: "Today is a very exciting day for us. This is the first global rally car for Ford and M-Sport. I really believe that we have produced a fantastic rally car and this launch is a big step to seeing it out competing in rallies. It's the first time in five years that we have been able to offer a Ford rally car that can challenge for overall victory in national championships across the world.
"It is also the culmination of a huge amount of hard work not only by Christian Loriaux and his team, but by everyone who works at M-Sport. We have worked closely with Ford on this project. Their best-selling road car, the new Ford Fiesta, has been a perfect base car and its award-winning styling and kinematics together with M-Sport's expertise will surely make the Fiesta S2000 a huge global success."
M-Sport's technical director Christian Loriaux added: "It's a fantastic feeling today to see the car actually launched to the world after all the hard work and testing behind closed doors. Everyone at M-Sport has had to pull together in order to get the Fiesta S2000 finished in such a short period of time and it has been a great team effort to get to this point so quickly.
"The design team, led by Anthony Brinkman and Chris Gray, has worked incredibly hard, and the fact that we have been able to deliver the car on schedule is down in no small part to the commitment of the entire M-Sport team to the success of the project. We have made a very promising start in testing and I am more than pleased with the performance of the car so far; it will be interesting to see how the real pace of the car compares to the competition."