The new generation of Rally1 hybrids for the World Rally Championship begins to see the light. The three current manufacturers have started work on their respective models. Ford M-Sport and Toyota are more advanced that “race”.
The first of the cars to start was the Ford, whose model is totally unknown today, but which could be revealed soon. Of course, everything seems to indicate that they will continue with the Fiesta. The M-Sport car started last Friday and will undergo some small tests throughout this week.
The car is expected to contest a gravel stage from next week, with the deadlines well met in this regard. Malcolm Wilson told Dirtfish that the timing of the first tests “was very exciting“. “Seeing a new car in motion unleashes a lot of emotion“, emphasizes the Englishman.
He adds: “I want to thank very much Chris Williams, M-Sport’s head of rally engineering and the whole team. We wanted to get the car up and running as soon as possible and we succeeded. Now we have time to test it for 2022. The Rally1 regulations are a bit more restricted than the WRC regulations for cost reasons, but we have plenty of room for innovation and brilliance from our engineers”.
This is what the new vehicle prepared at the M-Sport headquarters sounds like. For now, it seems that the essence of sound characteristic of the world of rallying throughout history has not been lost. Judge you:
The next model to see the light would be the new Toyota Yaris WRC, whose first tests are scheduled for the middle or end of this month. Hyundai Motorsport is awaiting factory confirmation, but is already working on its first unit as well.