M-Sport has revealed the livery that will be carried by drivers competing in the 2012 FIA WRC Academy, which gets underway in Portugal next month.

The new livery will feature strong Pirelli branding, with the design incorporating a replica of a Pirelli tyre tread.

The tread will feature on each of the Fiesta R2s used by academy drivers, which will also run with the national flag of each driver on the sun strip.

Aside from those specific elements, drivers will be free to run the livery they wish on the remainder of the car.

"Supporting the careers of young drivers has always been a key priority for Pirelli in motorsport and we are proud to be the sole tyre supplier to the FIA WRC Academy for the second consecutive year," Pirelli motorsport racing manager Mario Isola said. "The series is only one year old but it has already proved to be an extremely valuable programme as it gives the champions of tomorrow an unrivalled opportunity to develop their talent on the world stage in an extremely cost effective way.

"The 2011 season brought new rally talents such as Craig Breen, Egon Kaur and Alistair Fisher onto the international scene and we are now looking forward to welcoming some promising new rally drivers to the 2012 season."