At the 2010 Paris Auto Show, be prepared to see a bunch of 2011 World Rally Championship racers. Aside from the Citroen DS3 WRC and the MINI Countryman WRC, Ford has its Fiesta RS WRC on display. It features a turbocharged 1.6 liter Ecoboost engine, which is a product of the collaboration between Ford, M-Sport and French tuner Pipo Moteur. Ford has yet to announce the official specifications though.
The car will be driven by BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen and team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila. Its test program for the 2011 season (with the new engine) is set to debut next week on gravel roads in Spain. But its racing debut will be at Rally Sweden. It will appear at the opening round of the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship that will start on February 10.
Ford has a new challenger for the World Rally Championship – the new Ford Fiesta RS WRC. This new challenger is all bound to replace the Focus RS WRC, which prides itself as more than good enough to give Ford its manufacturers' world titles in 2006 and 2007.
This record breaking car gave Ford its 75th WRC win in New Zealand in May. With these wins, the Focus RS WRC ushered in the era for Ford to become the most successful manufacturer in WRC. The new Ford Fiesta RS WRC, however, is not inferior to the Focus RS WRC in terms of capabilities.
Proof of that is the fact that the latest Fiesta has been racking wins left and right in the world of motorsports. For instance, rally racer and famous drift driver Ken Block piloted a Fiesta rally car in the Rally America championship this season.
Moreover, the Fiesta managed to grab gold and silver medals in both the Rally Car and Super Rally events during the X Games in Los Angeles in July. The Fiesta S2000 rally car currently leads the S-WRC support series within the WRC.
Also, the Fiesta S2000 rally car is presently the leader in the S-WRC support series within the WRC. This adds to the fact that the Fiesta SportTrophy International for Fiesta R2 cars is a support series to the WRC.
Ford of Europe’s Motorsport chief Gerard Quin noted that the Fiesta has already proven to be a serious contender in a number of motorsport events, adding that Ford is excited for the debut of the car in the WRC next year.
Quinn added that Ford made sure that new Fiesta RS WRC remains related to the Fiesta road car, which was a huge success and which continues to be in high demand.
He disclosed that Ford's design and product development teams collaborated with their partners at M-Sport to deliver not only a highly competitive rally car, but also a stylish Ford Fiesta that remains true to its identity.
Since launching the latest generation Fiesta road cars in October 2008, Ford has already sold over one million units. It is also Ford's second best-selling car in Europe.