With Volkswagen officially pulling out of the World Rally Championship (WRC) after the 2016 season, Sebastien Ogier is now providing his services to a new race team – M-Sport – and here is the car that he will be competing in, based on the 2017 Ford Fiesta.

Recently, the team revealed the new racing liveries for the 2017 Fiesta WRC, with Ogier’s car wearing the well-known Red Bull livery. The Frenchman will have Estonian rally driver, Ott Tanak as his partner for next year, where his Fiesta will be finished in a scheme closer to those seen on earlier prototypes seen testing.

As for specifications, the Fiesta WRC is powered by a bespoke 1.6 litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with 380 hp and 450 Nm of torque. As per WRC regulations, a 36 mm intake restrictor is used here, along with an active centre differential to go with the car’s six-speed sequential transmission and four-wheel drive system.

Other bits include a fully adjustable suspension setup with redesigned MacPherson struts and Reiger external reservoir dampers, while stopping power is provided by ventilated brake discs with unique four-piston calipers

Last but not least, the bespoke bodyshell ensure maximum aerodynamic efficiency, featuring front and rear splitters, dive planes and impressive rear wing which gives the Fiesta WRC a striking visual design. Competition for the Fiesta WRC will come in the form of the Citroen C3, Toyota Yaris and Hyundai i20.