Ford’s New WRC Rally Car Is A Puma

Ford is hoping its plug-in Puma hybrid can take the World Rally Championship by storm in 2022.

  • Ford and its partners at M-Sport look to dominate with a new plug-in hybrid powertrain, a 100 kW electric motor and 3.9kWh battery.
  • All FIA WRC Rally1 competitors will use fossil-free fuel from the 2022 season.
  • The Ford Puma Rally1 reflects the companies commitment to electric.

Along with its partners at M-Sport, Ford has fashioned an incredible chariot to compete in the 2022 edition of the FIA World Rally Championship, and it’s a Puma.

This plug-in hybrid vehicle will look to dominate the competition, featuring a turbocharged 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine with a sophisticated 100 kW electric motor and 3.9 kWh battery.

“The M-Sport Ford Puma Rally1 will put hybrid power to the ultimate test, and prove that the technology is capable of delivering thrilling performance.”
— Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance.

For those not clued up on their Ford vehicles, the Puma is the automaker’s subcompact crossover — a model that shares the same architecture as the Fiesta.

Yeah, that archetype will soon participate in revamped FIA World Rally Championship.

The Rally1 class of racers completely shakes up the format of the competition. Easily the biggest change of them all is the switch to hybrid systems for all competing teams.

Ford’s Rally1 Puma is the automakers first attempt at an electric race car.

Moreover, this new Puma also reflects Ford’s commitment to electric power moving forwards. Earlier this year, the brand took the electric pledge with plans to go all-in by 2030.

“Ford is 100 per cent committed to an electrified future, and the white heat of competition has been responsible for many of the innovations that appear in our road cars today,” says Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance.

Electric racing continues to build momentum. Just the other day, we covered Peugeot’s new racing hypercar in the 9X8 — another vehicle looking to win big in competition next year.

How will Ford’s Puma fare come race day? You tell us. The automaker has a knack for crafting powerful rides, so you’d expect it to appear somewhere near the top of the table.

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