2010 Ford Fiesta Monster World Rally

Ford revealed today the official details on the Ken Block’s Monster Ford Fiesta that will campaign seven rally events in North America in 2010 for Ford, including the Summer X Games in August.

The Monster Ford Fiesta is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that is capable to deliver a total of 490 hp at 8,000 rpm, but due to a required turbo-inlet restrictor by the series, the Fiesta will be running in the range of 330 hp.

"I am very excited to finally be in the Fiesta," said Block. "The Fiesta is the car that beat me last summer at X Games. Ford has a great platform with the Fiesta, and I can’t wait to see what I can do in the Rally America championship and at the X Games later this year."

Video and press release after the jump.

Press release

The all-new Ford Fiesta is fun to drive, but for Monster World Rally Team driver Ken Block, fun takes on a different meaning.

When you spend your time dreaming up ways to push your rally car to new limits and create stunts that will create the next “must see” YouTube video, fun is a mixture of horsepower, race fuel and adrenaline. This weekend, Block and his newly formed Monster World Rally Team will debut their Ford Fiesta Rally America program at Sno*Drift in Atlanta, Mich. as they demonstrate their definition of fun.

Ford Fiesta Monster World Rally

Block and the Monster World Rally Team will campaign seven rally events in North America in 2010 for Ford, including the Summer X Games in August. Block will pilot a 2011 Ford Fiesta based on the race-winning European Rallycross Fiesta prepared by Olsbergs Motorsports Evolution.

“I am very excited to finally be in the Fiesta,” said Block. “The Fiesta is the car that beat me last summer at X Games. Ford has a great platform with the Fiesta, and I can’t wait to see what I can do in the Rally America championship and at the X Games later this year.”

Fiesta’s North American racing debut came at the 2009 Summer X Games where it took the Gold in rally competition. Block’s 2.0-liter turbocharged Fiesta, modified to the Open Class specification for Rally America, is capable of producing over 490 hp at 8,000 rpm, but due to a required turbo-inlet restrictor by the series, the Fiesta will be running in the range of 330 hp.

Block, who will be co-driven by Italian Alessandro Gelsomino, will tackle all six rounds of the Rally America series in his Fiesta, which will be backed by Monster Energy Drink and Ford. His North American program will culminate at X Games 16 in Los Angeles in early August.

Ford Fiesta Monster World Rally

“Ford has a long, winning tradition in European rally and with Ken Block and Fiesta, we’re bringing that to North America for fans to experience first hand,” said Jamie Alison, director, Ford North American Motorsports. “There will be a little bit of rally in every Fiesta. It’s the right form of motorsports to showcase the driving dynamics of Fiesta.” Allison continued, "What people need to remember, as Ken races down the course this weekend, his car started off as a production vehicle. It is a true testament to the capability built into every Ford Fiesta.”


21 comments:

I really love the sportiness of this vehicle plus its awesome performance. I like seeing Ken Block drifts this car. And with the stickers on its body it really look so sporty.

With Ken Block fascination about this vehicle no wonder its sporty image increases! The engine performance of the car is quiet impressive and I bet Ken Block would love to hit his ride in the nearest ramp!

Ken Block has been drving the car for a while now.. and I would say that its quite an impressive model though I don’t think that it will look so sporty without the stickers on the body of the car.

The performance of the car is quite an impressive model. And I would say that it performs like monster in the road. Btw, its a good thing that this vehicle offers more high technology engine.

I think most of the rally event require a single car to register for a season and not as team. And once they encounter a crash i think they wouldn’t waste their time to wait until the driver be back on his own reflexes ( sad truth).

definitely , Ken Block made the first for the Ford Fiesta..

If you had any doubts about the new ford fiesta I think this should say something.

WTF? No action shots? I was at least expecting a doughnut on some fluorescent lights, or something equally silly/cool.

don’t think so. the 3 and the 5-doors have the same wheelbase. But maybe it’s practical, when the driver-pair has an break down and the tools for repairing are easier to get out of the "fond". Other then it’s senseless. a 3-door may lighter.

I always get a chuckle when people think a custom built race car that cost well over six figures to build will be anything like one you can get at your local car dealer.

amazing car, just amazing.

I think the car is just covering its dullness and everything ugly in it thats why the designer put a lot of stickers in it.

I’ve been watching the WRC and so sad that ken drives differently than before, the fiesta is not that stable as the Impreza.

I see that most of the race release today are HB cars or Hatchback cars. Maybe the handling of the HB cars are perfect for a race car. Most brand I see in the race track is VW Golf and Subaru Impreza HB model.

Dude subaru is old and it hasn’t got a change to win in WRC, its time to upgrade to fiesta.

well I hope Ken gets what he expect from Fiesta. sometimes winning is not about cars, it’s just like an airsoft game, Guns don’t count always compensate with skills.

i love that ken is goin to ford because it was ford who brought motorsport to the common man. and i think he will do very well in the fiesta because ford knows how to make a rally car.

@foxawy - Agree he was better if he drives the subaru, oh well there is a saying that "if you can’t beat the enemy, join them", maybe ken believes in that saying.

I dont think ken will perform as well as he did with the Subaru.

well IMO Ken just want to widen and grow his skills in Ford. thou Impreza is much better than the Fiesta. Im wondering, what will hitler do to this Subaru? will he sell it and buy a fiesta Instead? LMAO..

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