New Rally1 WRC 2022 cars will be faster than their predecessors

Next year, the WRC will welcome a whole new batch of cars, built under the sport’s new Rally1 regulations, which will make its Rally Monte Carlo debut in January.

The Rally1 specification cars are built around a more solid space chassis that will house a new 100 kW hybrid unit, connected to a 1.6-liter turbo engine, retained from the 2021 WRC cars.

The addition of the hybrid unit will make the Rally1 cars heavier than their predecessors, although when the hybrid power is activated the cars will produce 500 horsepower in short bursts.

It is widely expected that the new cars will at least start the season slower than the previous generation – drawing criticism from drivers and fans alike – but Greensmith is confident that once teams develop their Rally1 cars, they will prove to be just as fast. than previous WRC machines. .

Greensmith has covered many miles in the new M-Sport Rally1 Ford Puma, which he will drive alongside teammates Craig Breen, Adrien Fourmaux and Sébastien Loeb during the Monte-Carlo Rally season opener next month. .

“It’s a very exciting project, everything is going well and I think it will be an exciting generation of cars,” said Greensmith.

“They’ve had a lot of negative press but I think they’re going to be a lot faster than the cars we have now. I think that looks good.

“It’s just a development over time, the cars we drive were built in 2017 and five years, that’s a long time for things to develop, and it’s a natural progression over time. time They look exciting.

“I think everyone has seen the videos on YouTube with how much the Puma has tested and its constant development, it’s still not over.”

Gus Greensmith, M-Sport Ford WRT

Photo by: McKlein / Motorsport Images

After showing improved pace and consistency behind the wheel of M-Sport’s aging Fiesta this year, Greensmith, who has finished in the top-six five times in 2021, expects a fresh start in 2022 with the new Puma.

“I’m really looking forward to it and feel like I’m definitely ready to step into a Puma now,” he added.

“We know that M-Sport can build a very strong car right off the bat, and seeing the support they’ve received from Ford and Ford Performance, which is pretty impressive compared to the past, I think everyone is rather optimistic.

“We had the speed, but it was about having consistency and bringing home results.

“We’ve only had one mistake in the whole year so it’s improved a lot and we’re reliable, but for sure next year with the Puma we want to show a lot more pace. “

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