New Toyota, Hyundai and M-Sport Ford WRC Hybrid Racing Unveiled

The new WRC hybrid racing cars were unveiled this afternoon at Red Bull Hangar-7 in Salzburg, Austria, as the 2022 season begins five days with the Rallye Monte-Carlo (January 20-23).

The event was attended by new FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, with Toyota Gazoo Racing, Hyundai Motorsport and M-Sport Ford unveiling their amazing brand new racing cars. Among those in attendance were Toyota 2021 runner-up Elfyn Evans and teammate Kalle Rovanperä, who last season became the youngest winner in WRC history.

Also present were Hyundai drivers Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak, while for M-Sport Ford, Craig Breen appeared alongside the team’s youngster, Adrien Fourmaux. M-Sport Ford World Rally Team (WRT) today unveiled the livery of the new Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1.

M-Sport will run all 2022 at the WRC in three cars, with drivers Craig Breen, Adrien Fourmaux and Gus Greensmith. In addition, nine-time world champion Sébastien Loeb will run in this year’s Rallye Monte-Carlo, in a race he has won seven times in the past. The 2022 WRC season marks the 25th anniversary of the partnership between Ford and M-Sport, during which seven world championships and more than 1,500 victories in special stages have been won.

As you know, for the 50th season of the league, the WRC is governed by new technical regulations, which lead the series to a more sustainable future. The plug-in hybrid racing cars are built around an upgraded safety frame, while from 2022 they will use a non-fossil fuel, which combines synthetic and biodegradable elements, thus creating a fuel that is 100% sustainable.

Still, energy supplies will be sustainable, with these actions being the key to committing the sport to a greener future. The new hybrid cars combine a 100 kW (136 hp) electric motor with a 1.6-liter turbo gasoline engine, which combines more than 500 hp.

The Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 car seen during the WRC launch at the Hangar 7 in Salzburg, Austria on January 15, 2022. // SI202201150096 // Usage for editorial use only //

There will be repetitive “power injections” lasting up to three seconds from the electric motor. The race car will use the electric transmission system in selected sections of the simple specials and in the service park. The battery can be recharged using an external source at special service points between special routes, with a recharging process lasting approximately 25 minutes.

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