The British squad along side Ford has designed and developed the all-new Puma in accordance with the WRC’s Rally1 laws shift that may see all vehicles fitted with a 100kW plug in hybrid system.
After launching the car at July’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, the staff has been conducting exams throughout Europe to make sure the automotive is prepared for its debut on the 2022 season opening Monte Carlo Rally in January.
Alongside its personal WRC squad, M-Sport has historically operated a powerful buyer programme, constructing and promoting Ford rally vehicles for opponents throughout then world.
Whereas the Puma is but to make its aggressive debut, M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson says the automotive has already created loads of curiosity from potential prospects and hopes to be able to provide vehicles to opponents subsequent yr.
Puma Rally1 WRC Prototype
Picture by: M-Sport
“I’m actually happy to say there’s lots of curiosity from prospects all over the world, fascinated with buying, fascinated with renting automotive for WRC and that its essential for us to truly keep in WRC on the highest degree,” stated Wilson throughout a WRC 2022 presentation on the IAA Mobility in Munich.
“Hopefully we may be able to lease some vehicles out subsequent yr and to promote some vehicles.
“Traditionally we now have at all times offered between eight and 14 WRC vehicles a yr which is an enormous a part of our enterprise mannequin and sadly within the final 4 or 5 years we haven’t had that.
“There’s undoubtedly extra curiosity on this automotive than the present automotive.”
Wilson’s claims again up feedback from FIA rally director Yves Matton who revealed to Autosport final month that the WRC could see as many as 12 cars compete next season amid elevated curiosity from privateers within the new equipment.
M-Sport is working to area three entries in WRC subsequent season however is but to announce its driver line-up for subsequent season.
French rising star Adrien Fourmaux is predicted to retain his seat on the squad having been closely concerned within the improvement of the brand new Puma.
The staff can be understood to have held talks with Hyundai’s Craig Breen, who’s eager to safe a full-time marketing campaign subsequent yr. Preliminary discussions have been held with nine-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb relating to a doable partial marketing campaign subsequent yr.