Elfyn Evans says he's ready for a journey into the unknown for two reasons as he prepares for Rally Portugal this weekend.

The M-Sport Ford driver secured his maiden World Rally Championship rostrum finish in the premier class last time out in Argentina but for round five of the 2015 season Evans is expecting a completely different test.

Evans is set to get behind the wheel of the new M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS car for it's competitive debut, alongside his team-mate Ott Tanak in the second M-sport machine. Rally Portugal's route has also been revised and the 26-year-old driver is upbeat ahead of the challenge.

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"I don't think anyone really knows what to expect, and that's what makes it so exciting," Evans It will certainly be interesting to see how everyone copes with the challenges of a completely new rally and we'll be hoping the new car gives us a boost towards making the next step."

The new Ford Fiesta RS machine is set to make its WRC debut at Rally Portugal. The updated car has a completely new engine design which has been developed in-house by M-Sport.

The Welsh driver feels confident after testing the new car and sees Portugal's revised rally route as the ideal chance to break in the Fiesta RS.

"The testing has all been really positive and we've covered a lot of miles which we'll be hoping pays off," he added. "I feel really comfortable in the car. We've done a lot of work on the set-up and that should give us a good base going into the first event.

"I've been pretty pleased with our pace in Portugal over the last couple of years, but for various reasons we've not been able to translate that into points. I'm ready to put that right this year, and a new location with the added excitement of a new car could provide us with the perfect opportunity to do just that."

Rally Portugal is set to host round five of the 2015 World Rally Championship.