Ford unveiled a racing version of one of its small cars, a special rallying version of the Fiesta ST that’s for the Global RallyCross championship, at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Furthermore, the Ford Fiesta ST rally car will go up against the X Games rally events, as well as the Global RallyCross championship, at the year.
Ford has formerly become successful in the two series with rally cars based on the normal Fiesta hatchback. The rally cars will be driven by Tanner Foust, Brian Deegan and Ken Block in this year’s championship. In addition, Ford revealed that it will be the sole automotive sponsor of the X Games this year. Ford aims to continue its partnership with rally-prep firm OlsbergMSE, which assembled Ford’s previous rallycross cars. As it is, it is safe to state that the resultant race car won’t have much in common with the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST presented last fall at the L.A. auto show.
This car features a full roll cage and it is a three-door model, even if just five-door Fiestas are offered in the U.S. In a statement, Ford Racing director Jamie Allison said that Global RallyCross was a “great series” for them to demonstrate what Ford’s small performance cars are capable. He also said that he is hopeful that Ford’s global performance car will participate in four countries across the world this season.
The regular 2014 Ford Fiesta ST will start selling later in 2013 with a 1.6-liter turbo-four engine that delivers 197 hp. In addition, the car gets enhanced brakes and a firmer suspension, as well as a bolder body kit that mimics that of the 252-hp Focus ST.