Ford's partner in the WRC, M-Sport, has announced it will be developing a Ford Fiesta Super 2000 car which will match the new FIA World Rally Championship sporting regulations as well as the current Super 2000 customer market demand.
M-Sport completed a detailed feasibility study and is due to commence soon on the car, which will be ready for homologation in Jan. 2010. The new Ford Fiesta will be M-Sport’s first global rally car allowing it to compete in all regional championships.
M-Sport has developed the record-breaking Focus RS WRC that won the world rally championship manufacturer’s title two years in a row in 2006 and 2007.
M-Sport’s knowledge, acquired from the development of the Focus and expertise in design and engineering, will be used to develop what the team’s award winning technical director Christian Loriaux calls "the next generation of S2000 car."
The FIA confirmed the Super 2000 formula as the future for the WRC. The new rules will be used starting in the 2011 season.
Many Rally championships across the globe run Super 2000 cars, including the rival Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Testing is planned for the latter part of the year, with the new car available for competitors in time for the start of the 2010 season.
M-Sport managing director Malcolm Wilson said: “I’m delighted that after completing an extensive feasibility study M-Sport has decided to proceed with the development of a new Fiesta Super 2000 car. The creation of this car will be an important step in reducing the cost of rallying and will make competing in the World Rally Championship more affordable. Work is about to get underway on the car and it will be available for competitors to purchase in time for the 2010 season. M-Sport developed the Ford Focus RS WRC which has taken over 100 consecutive WRC points finishes and our technical knowledge and top-class engineering should make the new Fiesta Super 2000 just as successful.”
(Quote courtesy of M-Sport)
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