Tanak praises new M-sport Fi­esta after test

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M-sport’s sec­ond 2017 pro­to­type Ford Fi­esta RS WRC ran in Spain for the first time ear­lier this month with the team re­port­ing pos­i­tive re­sults from the all-new chas­sis.

The Cum­brian squad has been run­ning a mule 2016 car in its test­ing up un­til two weeks ago. Ott Tanak was the first man to test the all-new car, which ran for four days on Span­ish as­phalt, and the Es­to­nian was im­pressed at the step up in per­for­mance.

“This is a big step,” said Tanak. “I can hon­estly say this is a very spe­cial car. It’s so nice, there’s so much po­ten­tial – when I have been test­ing, it’s a bit like com­ing back to the Group N car when I am get­ting in the cur­rent [World Rally Car]. The aero is in­cred­i­ble. Of course we are get­ting some down­force from th­ese [2016] cars, but when you get to a cer­tain speed with the new one you can re­ally feel the thing be­ing pushed down into the ground.”

Team prin­ci­pal Malcolm Wil­son added: “We’ve seen this car com­ing to­gether and it’s re­ally sat­is­fy­ing to see it run­ning now. We’re de­lighted with the re­sults we’ve had com­ing back from the guys so far.”

There are two more chas­sis in build at M-sport and test­ing is re­ally start­ing to ramp up with the team mov­ing to Fin­land next week be­fore com­ing back to Spain. It’s high-al­ti­tude run­ning in France – in prepa­ra­tion for Monte Carlo – and a Swe­den win­ter test straight after that.

“It’s a pretty in­tense pe­riod for the team,” said Wil­son, “but when you see the re­sults, it’s re­ally all worth it.”

Tanak: im­pressed by new aero

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