Ford’s new Puma Rally 1 WRC automotive has starred in a stunt sequence to have a good time the one millionth automotive rolling off the manufacturing line on the agency’s Craiova manufacturing facility in Romania.
Filmed on the plant itself, with appearances from the usual Ford Puma – which is at the moment constructed there – and a number of other plant workers, the movie (beneath) exhibits the M-Sport crew’s hybridised racer pushed in anger by WRC driver Adrien Fourmaux, forward of its competitors debut in Monte Carlo on 20 January.
The Craiova facility entered operation in 2009, and has produced the Transit Join, B-Max MPV, Ecosport and Puma over the past 12 years. The millionth automotive was a Puma ST-Line in Desert Island Blue.
The brand new Puma WRC automotive was revealed earlier this 12 months on the Goodwood Pageant of Pace by Ford’s Cumbria-based M-Sport rally crew. It is constructed to the brand new WRC technical regulation that can be launched for subsequent 12 months. The principles retain the present 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engines, however add a spec 134bhp hybrid electrical motor, powered by a 3.9kWh battery. The automobiles can even run on sustainable fossil-free gas.
M-Sport has run the Fiesta WRC since 2011, when it was Ford’s international WRC crew. Though it has been a privateer squad since 2012, it has maintained shut ties with Ford, which is eager to showcase the efficiency credentials of each the Puma crossover and its hybrid know-how.
M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson stated: “The brand new period of WRC automobiles is among the largest technological developments in WRC to this point. The introduction of the hybrid signifies that the automobiles can be extra highly effective than ever while additionally instantly reflecting the powertrains inside their road-going counterparts.”
He described the swap to the Puma as “very thrilling”, noting that the nameplate has a rally historical past.