Ford presents WRC rally car with plug-in drive

Ford presents WRC rally car with plug-in drive-plug-in

The M-Sport Ford World Rally Team (WRT) starts from the season 2022 on the Ford Puma Hybrid as the basis for the commitment in the Rally Championship. A first prototype of the all-wheel drive “Puma Rally1” with 1.6 liter turbomotor and plug-in hybrid system with 100 kW (136 hp) additional performance celebrated its world premiere as part of the GOODWOOD Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom. The Puma Rally1 is then started in January 2022 at the famous Rally Monte Carlo for the first time. The new Rallye vehicle triggers the successful Ford Fiesta WRC (World Rally Car), which has achieved three world championship titles since 2017. Ford has been working with M-Sport in the Rally WM since 1997. The account of the partnership account a total of seven World Cup titles and more than 1500 evaluation checkboxes.

Ford sets the course with the Puma Rally1 in two ways. On the one hand, the crossover model is perfect for the basic characteristics of the Rally Sport – many world championship runs lead over unpaved, sometimes very rough streets. Recently, the Rally WM even gave your comeback on the brutal sandpebles of the famous “safari” in Kenya. On the other hand, the Puma Rally1 also reflects the commitment of Ford to electrify its product range, makes the manufacturer know. As early as 2026, Ford wants to receive a zero-emission alternative in each car series by introducing purely electrically powered vehicles or plug-in hybrid models. For 2030, the complete change is planned for electromobility.

Ford confesses 100 percent to the electrical future of mobility,” says Mark Rushbrook, as director of Ford Performance responsible for the manufacturer’s worldwide motorsport engagements. “We have always developed many innovations under the merciless success of competition, which then benefits our series models. Now the Puma Rally1 of M-Sport Ford will expose the hybrid technology to the ultimate test and prove that this drive philosophy enables fascinating performance.”

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With the Puma Rally1 of M-Sport, Ford wants to start for at least three more years in the top class of the Rally World Championship. The plug-in hybrid drive is used on connection buildings and with emission-free movement by localities or in the service park, but in the truest sense of the word itself in the competition increases the voltage: on the rating tests the drivers can several times for three seconds Activate electrical additional thrust of 100 kW (136 hp) – an option that also opens up interesting new tasks for rally strategists from a tactical point of view.

The underlying technology returns energy that would otherwise be lost useless when braking or rolling over the vehicle, and stores it in a battery. There she is available to an electric motor, which occurs either for consumption reduction or performance enhancement. There is also the possibility to charge the PUMA Rally1 at an external power outlet. In the service park of the Rally World Championship suffice for a complete battery filling of 3.9 kWh expected 25 minutes – the duration of a normal repair and maintenance stop.

A special housing protects the air and water-cooled battery, which must withstand high acceleration and centrifugal forces, before damage in the event of an accident. The hybrid system brings a total of 95 kilograms on the scales. The new fuel will also pay the new fuel used in the Rallye World Cup from 2022: it consists entirely of synthetic and organic-based input materials and is thus 100 percent sustainable.

“The new vehicle generation brings one of the biggest technological uprights for the first league of Rally Sports – the introduction of hybrid systems brings us the most powerful rally cars of all time,” emphasizes Malcolm Wilson, Managing Director of M-Sport. They reflect the drive technology of modern road vehicles. “The new Ford Puma Rally1 just looks fantastic. We are very pleased to reveal him at the Iconic Goodwood Festival of Speed. All of M-Sport are firmly determined to re-launch our long-standing partnership with Ford in the future with appropriate results. We want to fight in this new and exciting era of rally sports together at the forefront.”

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