Ford Puma ST: a hybrid version spied at the Nurburgring

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Ford is aiming more and more; on electrification. It is therefore not too surprising that the American brand is working on a hybrid version of the Puma ST . This model is was intercepted during a test session on the Nurburgring track. On the surface it might seem like the “ normal '' Puma ST but looking good you can & ograve; note from the spy photos the presence of the classic yellow sticker that identifies the hybrid models.

NO AESTHETIC CHANGES

Apparently, the Puma ST hybrid has no aesthetic differences with the endothermic model. This does not mean, however, that the American manufacturer does not introduce any specific design elements at the time of the debut. The Puma ST & egrave; recently arrived on the market and therefore one might wonder why the brand is working on a hybrid variant. The move would make perfect sense considering that next year, the Puma ST will participate; at the FIA ​​World Rally Championship . Since he will compete in the championship; an electrified model, & egrave; It is possible that Ford has also decided to offer a hybrid version of the rally car as standard.

At this point it remains to understand what powertrain the car manufacturer decided to use for this car. Only hypotheses can be made. When the blue oval house featured the prototype of the Puma Rally 1, he told & ograve; that the powertrain consisted of a 1.6-liter EcoBoost petrol engine and a unit & agrave; 100 kW electric with 3.9 kWh battery.

The Puma ST hybrid series will adopt & agrave; a similar powertrain? Possible, but to say it today is; premature since there is no particular information about it. Surely you will know; more & ugrave; in the future. The current Ford Puma ST that we have had the opportunity to test on the track, has a three-cylinder EcoBoost of 1.5 liters capable of delivering 200 hp (147 kW) with 320 Nm of torque. The performances are very good since the speed; maximum speed reaches 220 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 6.7 seconds.

[Spy photos: CarScoops]

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