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    Render from last year predicted this...



    Puma ST would be the 'base car':





    https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/n...thout-disguise
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    So the 'scaled down' prototype proposals weren't for Subaru, they were for Ford...? Looking at that picture though, if you were to take away the bottom 20cm of the entire body, you'd actually have a fairly sleek looking hatchback. Essentially a smaller Focus. Certainly I'd rather this wasn't happening, but maybe the finished product won't be so bad. I'll say this though, this better mean Ford are going to properly financially commit to the WRC and M-Sport going forward... I wouldn't bet on that happening though.

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    Did someone say crossovers?
    https://youtu.be/39ddNFUzVNQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie WRC View Post
    Render from last year predicted this...



    Puma ST would be the 'base car':





    https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/n...thout-disguise
    All opinions are valid but that Puma is a very very slick looking vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the sniper View Post
    So the 'scaled down' prototype proposals weren't for Subaru, they were for Ford...? Looking at that picture though, if you were to take away the bottom 20cm of the entire body, you'd actually have a fairly sleek looking hatchback. Essentially a smaller Focus. Certainly I'd rather this wasn't happening, but maybe the finished product won't be so bad. I'll say this though, this better mean Ford are going to properly financially commit to the WRC and M-Sport going forward... I wouldn't bet on that happening though.
    I dislike the idea of an SUV/Crossover as a base for a WRCar; however if it meant Ford actually committing properly then I'd be happy about that - but I won't hold my breath. Listening to the Absolute Rally podcast on the 1995 season, ex-Ford man John Millington's comments sound familiar; Ford not really committing to a WRC programme. It always beggars belief the amount of love Ford get from rallyfans when they've consistently mounted less than committed WRC programmes through the years - and have so few Championships.

    Strangely, I quite like the idea of an ST/ST-Line Puma as a road car (even as a fan of the original Ford Racing Puma).

    Is there a better sound than that of Porsche engined Flat-6 ???

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    Who else reckons Hyundai will follow suit and switch to the Kona? What they do in 2021 could complicate things with the current i20 soon to go out of production...

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    I said it many times that I think that SUV's are the thing now and obviosuly teams will follow that.

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    For sure every manufacturer will make their Rally1 hybrid cars from models with hybrid technology in the road versions.

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    So these 2022 cars with a Global Race Engine, spaceframe chassis and standard Hybrid power package... is the main difference between them just going to be the bodywork and aero ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve.mandzij View Post
    All opinions are valid but that Puma is a very very slick looking vehicle.
    As an SUV/Crossover thing, maybe... but as a general piece of automotive machinery it's horrible.

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