The Ford Name Is Back at WRC with This Noisy Car

M-Sport has won in 2017, and now, the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team is busy testing its 2018 contender with five-time champion Sébastien Ogier.

The experienced anti-lag masters at M-Sport have done it again, winning the 2017 World Rally Championship with their Fiesta, driven by Frenchman Sébastien Ogier. Such a triumph rarely goes unnoticed, and since the blue oval is out of the World Rallycross Championship anyway, the WRC team starts its next season with Ford officially added to its name.

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There aren't any major changes for 2018, which means the Hyundais, Toyotas, Citroëns and Fords of the top class will pack a 1.6 turbo wearing a 36mm restrictor plate off the WTCC engines, thus producing roughly 380 horsepower. The cars will also stay 55mm wider than they were in 2016, featuring a wild enough aero package to put a Group B car to shame. That means higher cornering speeds, and more debris once the going gets really rough.

Last month, both Ogier and Elfyn Evans went testing on the stages of Rallye Monte Carlo. The icy tarmac roads are the treat of the first event in the 2018 calendar, which is now missing Poland but includes Turkey for the first time since 2010.

And now, more controlled explosions from the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team's 2018 Fiesta WRC:

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