M-Sport is preparing a new rally hybrid for the World Rally Championship. The “donor” for the car will be not the usual Ford Focus, but the Ford Puma.
British company M-Sport has shared official images of the M-Sport Ford Puma Rally1. The public premiere of the novelty will take place as part of the opening festival of speed in Goodwood. Adrien Furmo and Matthew Wilson were entrusted with driving the car.
This is a heavily modified Ford Puma with a plug-in hybrid engine. The power plant includes a 1.6-liter Ecoboost 4-cylinder petrol engine, a 136-horsepower electric motor and a 3.9 kWh battery. The powertrain is fully compliant with the new WRC hybrid rally rules. Rally Ford Puma recharges in 25 minutes.
The M-Sport Ford Puma Rally1 will actually show that hybrid technology can deliver amazing performance.
As a reminder, Ford plans to sell exclusively electric or plug-in hybrid models in the European market from 2026.
By 2030, Europeans will only know all-electric Ford models. Whether the road-going Ford Puma will be equipped with a plug-in hybrid before this time is not clear.
We also advise you to watch a detailed review of the Ford Puma from the FineAuto team: