Ford unveiled its new-for-2012 colour scheme today at the Autosport International Show, ahead of the Rallye Monte Carlo, the opening round of the World Rally Championship next week.
Ford World Rally Team director Malcolm Wilson and Ford of Europe motorsport chief Gerard Quinn took the wraps off the Fiesta RS WRC, which will be campaigned by Jari-Matti Latvala and Petter Solberg.
The Cumbria-based squad will continue to be sponsored by Castrol EDGE this year and the branding for Castrol's global range of 'best-in-class' motor oils features prominently in the new livery for the upcoming season, as it did in 2011.
“It's great to have Ford onboard as manufacturers again this season and you can see from the new livery how important Castrol EDGE will be again in 2012 as a technical partner,” said Wilson.
“After such a strong performance last year we are really excited about where we can be at the end of the season. With the car and driving team we have, alongside the experience and expertise of our employees at Dovenby Hall, and our partners, I am confident we can challenge for world titles.”
Donald Smith, Castrol Global Marketing Unit sponsorship manager, added: “Both Castrol and Ford have a long standing association with motorsport and have shared great past successes in rallying, a second placed finish in both the drivers' and manufacturers' championships in 2011 being the most recent highlight.
“The WRC is motorsport's toughest competition for production-based cars, together we will continue to be able to call upon our vast experiences of developing, testing and optimising the combination of car and engine oil technologies in order to push boundaries and maximise performances.
“The strength of Castrol EDGE, helps to ensure maximum engine performance, and will help give Jari-Matti and Petter the freedom to demand that performance again and again, hundreds of times in a stage.”