Ford is bound to take the wraps off the new 2014 Ford Fiesta ST race car that will compete in the Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show. In consonance with the global introduction of the new Ford Fiesta ST, Ford Racing is set to unveil the ST performance badge in the 2013 season of the GRC as well as in Global X Games events. Ford aims to capitalize on the increasing popularity of the GRC and of the X Games through expanding its presence – by making itself more visible during events and through popular personalities like Tanner Foust, Brian Deegan and Ken Block.
Foust, Brian and Block will be the first drivers to pilot the first Fiesta ST GRC cars. The OlsbergsMSE Fiesta ST GRC race car of Foust and Deegan will be displayed at the Chicago Auto Show.
Jamie Allison, director at Ford Racing, remarked that Global RallyCross is a great series to demonstrate the capability of Ford’s small performance cars. He quipped that along with great drivers and teams, Ford Racing’s formal partnership with OlsbergsMSE proves its growing commitment to Global RallyCross. Allison added that Ford Racing is excited to see the carmaker’s global performance car compete in four countries around the world in the coming GRC season.
Ford Racing’s manufacturer partnership with OlsbergsMSE is aimed at supporting the development of the RallyCross Fiesta ST program. OlsbergsMSE prides itself of winning two straight GRC driver championships with Foust as well as podium finishes in all rounds of the 2012 season of the GRC. OlsbergsMSE was behind the carmaker’s GRC manufacturer’s championships in 2011 and 2012.
Andreas Eriksson, OlsbergsMSE team principal, remarked that the team boasts of a good history in developing extreme/RallyCross cars. He added that the team’s longer-term manufacturer partnership should allow OlsbergsMSE to develop even stronger RallyCross cars. Eriksson quipped that the partnership should enable OlsbergsMSE to continue as a winning team in the next few years. He noted that the entry of great teams and manufacturers should result to better and tougher competition – something he regards as a challenge.
Eriksson added that OlsbergsMSE will also focus on providing drivers with the information and input that would enable them to become the best. He added that hard work and dedication from both drivers and team are needed to become the best in this sport.
Block and his Hoonigan Racing Division will also be up for a solid challenge in the 2013 season of the Global RallyCross, after posting a strong campaign in the previous edition. In 2012, Block won a silver medal at X Games 18 and even grabbed the top two qualifying positions in the last four rounds of the series.
According to Block, he will continue to compete in a Ford in the Global RallyCross for the coming years, including the four X Games events scheduled in the summer. He added that for the 2013, Hoonigan Racing Division will build on the lessons learned in their rookie season in 2012, thereby applying them to their new RallyCross car.