Fiesta WRC bids farewell after 475 race wins and 3 World Cup titles – Auto-Motor

The hybrid era in the history of the World Rally Championship will begin next year, forcing big others like the Ford Fiesta WRC to say goodbye. The car, which debuted with an immediate victory at the 2011 Swedish Rally, has won a total of 475 race wins in various championships over the past decade and has also won 3 World Cup titles.

The M-Sport workshop built the cars based on the bodies delivered from the Cologne factory, for a total of 71 units, 38 of which were for the factory team; today there are still 50 in use, 16 inactive, 5 killed in an accident or fire – Unit 10 has been rebuilt with a new body following a serious accident and is now racing in France.


To date, the Ford Fiesta WRC has taken part in a total of 1,349 rally races, completing a total of 3,147 starts, 475 of which have been won, 1,073 times on the podium and proved to be the best at 3,757 speeds. The 24 chassis number has started 164 rallies since the senior Portuguese Rally 2012 and has won 13 – currently starting in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The 40-chassis number 40 had the shortest life, and the new car, manufactured in 2015, was completely damaged by Alexey Lukyanuk during pre-testing at the Finnish Rally.

His most adventurous life was with the 29-chassis, the British PX61 AYK license plate, which was manufactured in 2012 and also raced by Petter Solberg, Juho Hänninen, Elfyn Evans and Henning Solberg. Then, at the 2015 Mexico Rally, Ott Tänak, at the speed of “Los Mexicanos,” fell into a 6-foot-deep reservoir from which the car was fished out after 11 a.m. M-Sport mechanics then replaced the powertrain, turbocharger, cooling system, wiring harness, fuel tank and fuel system with a transmission, and saved the seats with a hair dryer. All this was done by the mechanics during the 3 hours of assembly time allowed by the rules, the car drove into the Parc Fermé on its own, so it remained in the race and finished in 22nd place, and the driver got a new nickname: Ott Titänak…

Next year, Ford will start the World Rally Championship with the Puma Rally1 Hybrid with a three-door body. can be uploaded. Rally1 cars will now be powered entirely with sustainable petrol from a synthetic / bio source.

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