Ford Fiesta Rally Car Spied

Ford Fiesta Rally Car Spied
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As the economic crisis hit the automobile industry, certain manufacturers were forced to scrap a few of their popular programs in an effort to save a few bucks and make their board of directors happy. One particular racing series that felt the blow from the lack of racing enthusiasm was the World Rally Championship. Many of the sports long time runners have dropped out of competition for financial reasons, leaving the field quite empty. Thanks to the world’s best automotive magazine, Car, who recently released a few snap shots of Ford’s upcoming rally racing version of the Fiesta conducting an initial shakedown run in Cumbria, we can rest assured knowing that at least one automaker is thinking of a future competing in the adrenaline filled world of international off road racing.

First impression of the Ford Fiesta
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This particular flared and caged Ford Fiesta has been developed over the past six months by M-Sport, the company responsible for producing Ford’s current WRC Focus, with the intention of campaigning in the FIA’s S2000 category. The class has been designed for naturally aspirated production cars that make up to 270 HP, while a full fledged WRC car is allowed a turbocharger and additional aerodynamic aids. So with a little bit of boost and a few oversized wings, the S2000 Fiesta could be up to WRC specification. M-Sport managing director Malcolm Wilson said, “The important thing now is that we undertake a strong test and development campaign in order to provide our customers with the best possible S2000 package… I’m sure that this car will also provide a very strong base for Ford’s next generation WRC car.”

Now the only question that remains to be asked is whether or not Ford will come out with a street version of their WRC hopeful. A new Fiesta being sold with wildly flared fenders and low profile tires would certainly inspire a few other new car shoppers to consider Ford’s new compact hatch as their city car of choice, especially with a newfound high performance attitude.


Source: CAR Magazine

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  (399) posted on 07.15.2011

For a daily used car I think 270 HP is too much for 180 hp is just enough to make this car run. BTW, I haven’t heard any about this model I wonder if Ford has already killed its production.

  (507) posted on 07.15.2011

I really envy those test driver, for they got the chance to drive those car that is not yet out in the market! BTW, its kind of sad to know that this car doesn’t perform greatly.

  (397) posted on 06.27.2011

I don’t want to think that Ferrari is doing this to have a sale. Are their cars are not selling well? Hmm. It seems that they are extending their merchandise too much and using their logo though it has nothing to do with cars. Hey! Its not even a car seat!

  (399) posted on 06.27.2011

hahaha. How pathetic! Now Ferrari is making a chairs? What the **** Well, I guess its better to leave this thing on Ferrari store for it has nothing to do in the car section!

  (683) posted on 03.7.2011

I don’t know what is their final ratio but the speed is so amazing! I bet they will making a new car. I don’t even think that its possible to make a new ca in less than two weeks.

  (428) posted on 01.28.2010

well IMO fiesta will have a hard time on rally because of Citroen, it’s so sad that Subaru and Mitsubishi wont make it to the WRC. I really Love to cars specially in rally.

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