Ford became the first car manufacturer to show off its challenger with completely different rules for the 2022 World Rally Championship (WRC), unveiling this Puma prototype at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.Cars will replace Carnival WRC It will be built in accordance with Rally1 rules, which replaced the world rally car that has existed in some form since 1997.
Although camouflage is used, there are still some visible links to SUV, Including tall headlights and large six-point front grille. The latter incorporates the blue ellipse instead of being located under the badge according to the production model.
The difference here is that, in addition to the usually wider fenders and countless splitters, flics, wings and extra spoons, this car uses a three-door body shell that Puma does not provide (it actually looks like One Carnival Puma’s headlights and grille are grafted onto the body). This is possible because the Rally1 car is no longer based on a production model, but on a standardized tubular steel chassis.
It is said that this move can improve safety and reduce costs, which means that the latest generation of rally cars is a contour car, which has little to do with production rivals. They also use a general hybrid power system, matching the existing 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a new 100-kilowatt (134-horsepower) electric motor and 3.9-kilowatt-hour battery.
Using the kinetic energy recovered during braking, electric assist is limited to bursts of up to three seconds. The battery can also be charged by inserting it between stages, and it takes about 25 minutes to fully charge. The air-cooled and liquid-cooled hybrid power system weighs 95 kg and is housed in a ballistic-strength shell to prevent debris and gravity in the event of an accident.
Starting in 2022, the Championship will also use fossil-free fuels, blending WRC with 100% sustainable synthetic and biodegradable elements. The prototype will be demonstrated by current M-Sport driver Adrien Fourmaux and test driver Matthew Wilson before July 10, and then used as a development tool before the 2022 season.
“The new era of WRC racing is one of the biggest technological advancements of WRC to date. The introduction of hybrid vehicles means that cars will be more powerful than ever before, and it also directly reflects the power system of their road counterparts,” M-Sport Director General Manager Malcolm Wilson said. “It’s very exciting to switch to Puma because the name already has the tradition of rally racing. This car looks great and I can’t wait to see it on the starting line of the famous Monte Carlo Rally in early 2022.
“The launch of this new car at Goodwood is also very special. It is one of the most iconic events in the racing calendar. I and the entire M-Sport look forward to continuing to establish a very successful partnership with Ford to achieve results and enable Ford maintains a leading position in this exciting new era.”