M-Sport Ford’s WRC team has now announced some positive news regarding the performance of the Ford Fiesta WRC car. The British team will adopt its latest engine upgrade at the next FIA World Rally Championship in Croatia at the end of April.
The engine upgrade was supposed to come to the Fiesta WRC throughout last year, but due to the financial issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, M-Sport had to postpone its deployment to this day.
The upgraded engine is expected to bring the Fiesta more much needed performance. M-Sport’s drivers have been far off the pace compared to the Toyota and Hyundai drivers, especially in faster rallies.
“The work has focused mainly on the fuel injection system and on the cylinder head. There’s more power there, more at the top end, but I’m certainly not going to start talking numbers with you. Put it this way, the drivers are very happy,” M-Sport managing director Malcolm Wilson, said.
“It feels good, you can feel the difference with the power – it was nice to have this in the test, but it will be really nice to have it in the rally.” M-Sport driver Teemu Suninen, added.
In Croatia, however, Suninen will not be able to enjoy the engine upgrade, as in addition to Gus Greensmith, the second WRC car will be driven by the WRC debutant Adrien Fourmaux from France.