The new Ford Fiesta S2000 rally sports car has been unveiled at a launch ceremony at M-Sport’s Cumbrian base in the UK. The latest Ford Fiesta S2000 rally car will be eligible to contend in national rally championships around the world as well as the IRC and S2000 World Cup, is due for homologation in Jan. 2010.
Enduring their close relationship with Ford, the team at M-Sport has worked in tandem with Ford’s Motorsport Technical Manager Mike Norton and the Ford tiny car design team that developed the acclaimed kinetic design of the Ford Fiesta road car, to develop a dynamic as well as aggressive looking rally car.
The experience gained from developing the record breaking Focus RS WRC has been used by the M-Sport team to develop the Fiesta S2000 rally car though working within the new FIA Sporting Regulations which means that this car may be used by consumers at both national and international level.
The Fiesta S2000 has previously completed nearly 3,000 km of testing both in the UK and Europe and that extensive testing program will go on into the start of the next year in readiness for the car’s competitive debut.
The Fiesta S2000 is the newest in a long line of rally cars produced as a result of the successful partnership among M-Sport and Ford, starting with the Escort Cosworth in the 1990s and moving on to the record breaking Ford Focus RS WRC as well as Ford Fiesta ST.