M-Sport shows off the first official photos and specifications of the 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC, which will have its debut in the World Rally Championship next season.
Based on the all-new 2017 road-going Fiesta, the WRC version has been designed to next-generation technical regulations implemented by the FIA and features the latest technology in world rally cars.
The new Fiesta WRC has undergone a complete redesign and 95 percent of the car has been designed from scratch and is more spectacular and more powerful than its predecessor. Under the hood, the Ecoboost-powered 1600cc direct injection engine outfitted with 36 mm inlet restrictor delivers 380 bhp and 450 Nm of torque. Helping power transfer to the wheels is a newly-designed six-speed sequential gearbox with hydraulic shift that runs alongside a multi-disc clutch, while an active center differential offers enhanced control and performance.
It also features fully adjustable redesigned MacPherson struts with Reiger external reservoir dampers and ventilated brake discs with unique four-piston monoblock calipers that provide the stopping power.
The safety has been also improved thanks to the T45 steel rollcage, which is welded to the chassis with structural door sill reinforcements, while 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.
Visually the 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC features a fully CFD designed aerodynamic bodyshell with a front and rear splitter, dive planes and a striking rear wing.
The Fiesta is the most successful model since its introduction into the sport, and this year alone, the Ford Fiesta R5 claimed an impressive 159 outright victories.
M-Sport has yet to reveal who will pilot its new car next season, as reigning champion Sebastien Ogier continues to weigh up his options after Volkswagen’s withdrawal.