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I was watching the latest round of the WRC lately and noticed the new version of the Fiesta run by some teams. This is not your vanilla Fiesta. Here's a look at M-Sport's newest Fiesta WRC (spec R5) car during testing in Spain this past Spring. I thought you guys might enjoy a look at the car before it gets its sponsored livery.

This turbo is a screamer people! :D


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After watching it go through the stage during rallies, I can tell you it's not just show and no go either. And if memory serves me right, François Delecour (one of the upcoming WRC stars) drove one to victory in one of the national rallies in France this year. The car is said to have an extremely good balance. It just sucks that VW entered the Polo this year and ruined the party for everyone this year... I would have liked to see some more wins by the blue oval guys.
 

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R5 regulation states 1.6L directly injected turbocharged 4WD cars with a maximum output of around 300HP. That would make for an interesting ride. ;)
 

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Here's an East-European jounalist testing the R5 spec Fiesta (you can skip to 2:30 if you want to see the car on track). It does look like it could provide a bit of enjoyment when driven at speed... :p
 

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To my knowledge, M-Sport are doing most of the preparation job in house. I don't think Cosworth are involved.

About the price, you have to understand that this is what is called a customer car. This is a full-on race car, but prepared as a fairly large production (in racing, this means more than two running at a time LOL). This makes it possible for a team to actually go to M-Sport and sign a deal for two cars plus spares for an entire season and still come under 1 million bucks. Top class WRC cars used to cost in excess of a million dollars a piece back when manufacturers were not limited to a maximum budget and exotic materials and processes were not banned yet. So a fully prepped, FIA certified race car for a quarter of a million is an extremely good deal. And that's why you see a lot of Fords competing in the WRC these days. Those are a steal... and are still very competitive. Still, without the full backing of a manufacturer, they have no chance of beating the likes of VW or Citroën. I wish Ford got back in the game with a real manufacturer program...
 
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