The 2020 FIA World Rally Championship season is almost upon us, and Ford has unveiled the livery for the Ford Fiesta WRC racing car that will be championed by the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team. The livery was designed by graphic designer Phil Dixon who Ford says has delivered another eye-catching creation for the World Cup rally Championship. Dixon’s designs are often among the fan favorites each season. The 2020 color scheme features a mostly white design that is highlighted by blue and green meant to represent the close partnership with Ford as well as increased support from Castrol.
Existing M-Sport Ford World Cup Rally Team sponsors for the Ford Fiesta WRC Rally car are also featured in the livery, including MS-RT, Michelin, Sparco, OZ Racing, NGK, Lazer, Stilo, Acronis, Endless, Audes, Eibach, and SWP. Images of the car shared by Ford were taken at the M-Sport Evaluation Centre that is due to be completed this fall.
Last year the 2.5 km test track at the facility was completed. The Evaluation Center is now focused on finishing the adjoining workshop. The workshop is a significant undertaking measuring 10,723 square meters of space. Progression is going well, according to Ford, with 550 tons of structural steelwork is ready in place in all of the external precast concrete walls have been installed. Once the facility is complete it will mark a new era for M-Sport.
As for where Dixon drew inspiration for his livery, he says that it came from Francois Delecour’s 1995 Ford Escort RS Cosworth. Dixon notes that white cars have always been popular, and with the increased support from Castrol, the color scheme was spot won. He says, in general, the entire design is a nod to the early-to-mid 90s. If you are unfamiliar with rally racing, check out this video and see what you are missing.