Ford Fiesta RS WRC
The Ford Fiesta RS WRC is the World Rally Car built for the Ford World Rally Team by Ford Europe and M-Sport for use in the World Rally Championship 2011–2016. It is based upon the Ford Fiesta road car, and replaced the Ford Focus RS WRC, which competed in various versions since 1999. It is also built to the new World Rally Car regulations for 2011, which are based upon the existing Super 2000 regulations, but is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine (1.6 L turbo Ford EcoBoost engine) rather than the normally aspirated 2-litre engine found in Super 2000 cars. M-Sport and Ford introduced a Super 2000 version of the Ford Fiesta at the beginning of 2010, which forms the base of the WRC car.
Stobart Ford World Rally Team drivers Matthew Wilson and Henning Solberg have carried out much of the development work on the car during 2010, with Per-Gunnar Andersson and M-Sport managing director and Ford team director Malcolm Wilson have also driven the car.
WRC victories (Fiesta RS WRC)Edit
|1||2011 Rally Sweden||2011||Snow||Mikko Hirvonen||Jarmo Lehtinen|
|2||2011 Rally Australia||Gravel||Mikko Hirvonen||Jarmo Lehtinen|
|3||2011 Wales Rally GB||Gravel||Jari-Matti Latvala||Miikka Anttila|
|4||2012 Rally Sweden||2012||Snow||Jari-Matti Latvala||Miikka Anttila|
|5||2012 Rally de Portugal||Gravel||Mads Østberg||Jonas Andersson|
|6||2012 Wales Rally GB||Gravel||Jari-Matti Latvala||Miikka Anttila|
In 2012, the RRC version of the Fiesta was launched to comply with the regional rally rules of the FIA; it is basically a Fiesta RS WRC, only with an S2000-specification rear wing, a slightly different front bumper, a lighter flywheel and a 30mm restrictor instead of a 33mm one found in the WRC variant. The Fiesta's with RRC specification can be converted to WRC specification in 6 hours.
WRC-2 victories (Fiesta RRC)Edit
|1||2013 Rally Sweden||2013||Yazeed Al Rajhi||Michael Orr|
|2||2013 Rally México||Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari||Killian Duffy|
|3||2013 Rally Argentina||Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari||Killian Duffy|
|4||2013 Rally Australia||Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari||Killian Duffy|
|5||2014 Rally de Portugal||2014||Nasser Al-Attiyah||Giovanni Bernacchini|
|6||2014 Rally Argentina||Nasser Al-Attiyah||Giovanni Bernacchini|
|7||2014 Rally Australia||Nasser Al-Attiyah||Giovanni Bernacchini|
|8||2014 Rally Catalunya||Nasser Al-Attiyah||Giovanni Bernacchini|
|9||2015 Rally México||2015||Nasser Al-Attiyah||Matthieu Baumel|
|10||2015 Rally Argentina||Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari||Marshall Clarke|
|11||2015 Rally de Portugal||Nasser Al-Attiyah||Matthieu Baumel|
|12||2015 Rally Italia Sardegna||Yuriy Protasov||Pavlo Cherepin|
|13||2015 Rally Australia||Nasser Al-Attiyah||Matthieu Baumel|
|14||2015 Tour de Corse||Julien Maurin||Nicolas Klinger|
Ford Fiesta RS WRC 'Evolution'Edit
In Rally Finland 2014 M-Sport launched a facelifted version of the Fiesta RS WRC. Despite the change on the front of the car, it's still the same under the bonnet. M-Sport later revealed the 'Evolution' version would come in 2015.
Before Rally Portugal 2015, M-Sport launched the 'Evolution' specification of the Fiesta RS WRC. Unlike the first version's engine which was built by Pipo Motors, the new Fiesta RS WRC's engine is completely built by M-Sport, with technical support from Ford. The car has also undergone a full redesign under the bonnet with further developments to the cooling package, transmission, electronics, wiring harness and differentials.
- Evans, David (10 February 2011). "WRC Preview: Tech Insight". Autosport. Vol. 203 no. 6. Haymarket Publications. pp. 60–61.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2010-10-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)