It is getting very real as M-Sport sets up in Monte Carlo – exclusive photos 

The M-Sport Ford World Rally Team is about to embark on the new hybrid era of the World Rally Championshi. :

The new season marks the beginning of the hybrid era and the launch of a new car with its striking electric-inspired livery, and the team at M-Sport are excited for the challenges ahead and the promise of a competitive season. 

This year’s Rally1 cars house a 100kW hybrid unit coupled to a 1.6-litre turbocharge internal combustion engine that uses 100% renewable fuel for the first time in the sport’s history.

The traditional season opener will take place over four days, with the service park for this year based throughout the event in the Monaco harbour area.

The added challenge of using hybrid in competition for the first time is further enhanced with no mid-day service point on any of the event days.  

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The team will enjoy a diverse range of experience as young, fresh talent is combined with the knowledge of the sport’s most decorated driver

2022 sees Irishmen Craig Breen and Paul Nagle head-up the M-Sport team alongside Adrien Fourmaux and Alexandre Coria and, Gus Greensmith and Jonas Andersson. 

Nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb will also join M-Sport’s ranks with Isabelle Galmiche as his co-driver currently as a one off drive on the iconic season opener. 

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Throughout the 2022 season, the M-Sport and Ford will be celebrating 25 years of partnership and competing in the FIA World Rally Championship. 

This landmark anniversary has seen the team take three manufacturer’s titles for Ford and a combined total of seven FIA world titles when including Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ titles. 

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“It is always something very special competing on Rallye Monte Carlo, but to be doing it for the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team, is a dream come true!

“The team has done an unbelievable job building and developing the Puma Hybrid Rally1 and it really shows. It is by far the best rally car I have ever driven and with the addition of the hybrid unit, it is going to add another dimension to the rally.

“Paul and I are relishing the challenge and are really looking forward to the year ahead with M-Sport and Ford,” said Breen earlier today before he and Paul Nagle set off on day-two of recce. 

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