2017 Ford Fiesta WRC revealed

Cumbria-based M-Sport has offered a first glimpse of the all-new Fiesta that will compete in the 2017 World Rally Championship.

Of course, this latest Fiesta WRC has been built according to the FIA's revised 2017 technical regulations. That means more aggressive looks and better aerodynamics compared to its predecessor.

Ford Fiesta WRC 2017 Front Side

Ford Fiesta WRC 2017 Rear Side

Another key development concerns the turbocharged engine. Displacement is still 1.6 litres, but power and torque are up to 375 bhp (280 kW / 380 PS) and 450 Nm (332 lb/ft) respectively. Delivery is to all four wheels via a six-speed sequential transmission.

Expectations for the 2017 Fiesta WRC are certainly high (a situation doubtless aggravated by the withdrawal of Volkswagen from the series).

According to Malcolm Wilson, M-Sport's Managing Director, “Every team is starting on an equal footing and I'm confident that we have produced another car which is capable of challenging – and winning – at the very highest level.

“More than 95 percent has been designed from scratch and our team has had whatever they've wanted to build the best possible car. No expense has been spared, and we start the 2017 season with one goal in mind – returning to the top step of the podium.”

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