WRC is not going to be the same without Volkswagen. The current champion, Sebastien Ogier, isn’t going anywhere, though. Last month, the Frenchman tested M-Sport’s brand new Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta in Wales, and was sufficiently impressed to agree terms with the British team.
Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia dominated the last four years in the all-conquering Volkswagen Polo but were left without a drive when the German car manufacturer ended its commitment to the sport.
After the announcement that the pair will join M-Sport for the 2017 season, the design for their new Ford Fiesta is no longer a secret, either.
Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia will sport an iconic and instantly recognisable Red Bull scheme as they bid to bring the glory days back to M-Sport and win their fifth WRC world title.
The British team are currently ramping up their preparations for the first race of the WRC season in January—Rallye Monte-Carlo. We think the new livery looks menacing—let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Malcolm Wilson, M-Sport Managing Director, said: “We are immensely proud of the Ford Fiesta WRC and those eye-catching new liveries will add the finishing touch. The test livery captured everyone’s imagination so we were keen to incorporate this alongside our valued partners both old and new.
“We can’t wait to see both cars attack the stages of Rallye Monte Carlo in their finalised designs.”