Fiesta R2 Ready For Sardinia

The new Ford Fiesta R2 rally car will be debuting at this weekend’s Rally Of Sardinia.

Ford Fiesta R2

Developed by Ford and M-Sport, the Fiesta R2 is based on the new Fiesta and is designed to fit into the new Group R regulations. Group R allows for an engine size up to 1600cc and front-wheel drive, making them less powerful than the Super 2000 cars but an excellent starting point for new drivers.

Powered by the 1,598cc Ti-VCT Zetec engine from the standard Fiesta, the Fiesta R2 has been reworked to give 163PS at 7,500rpm, a big improvement on the standard car’s 115PS. Torque is also up to 182Nm at 5,700rpm, while a Sadev 5-speed sequential gearbox delivers drive to the front wheels.

The Fiesta R2 will be used as the course safety car, but testing continues ahead of its expected homologation date on 1st July 2009. Ford and M-Sport have also confirmed that they are developing a new Super 2000 Fiesta.

You can check out the Fiesta in action, as well as take a tour of the new car with Malcolm wilson and Chris Williams. There’s more info and pictures over at the Fiesta R2 website.

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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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