M-Sport has unveiled its 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC car and it is the second team after Hyundai WRC to take the wraps off the new specification rally contender. The Cumbrian-built machine has undergone several tests in the recent months, racking up 6000 kilometres.
The team is trying to lure the four-time WRC champion Sebastien Ogier, who left without a seat following Volkswagen's departure the event. He spent his time behind the wheels of Fiesta several times recently. According to 2017 regulations, the car now has more aggressive aerodynamic design along with a 380bhp turbocharged engine and a centre differential.
Team boss Malcolm Wilson said, "Entering a new era in the FIA World Rally Championship, there is a real sense of excitement throughout the team, and rightly so as I believe we have created something extremely special in the new Ford Fiesta WRC."
"Having driven the car myself, I can honestly say that it is one of the most impressive we have ever produced. It's exciting to drive, it sounds fantastic and it looks absolutely sensational."
He added, "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. No expense has been spared, and we start the 2017 season with one goal in mind - returning to the top step of the podium."