This punchy little factor is the Ford Fiesta R2. It’s a model new rally automobile from M Sport, who chances are you’ll observe have simply lifted the World Rally Championship with the assistance of now six-time champion Sebastien Ogier.
This R2 gained’t compete on the similar degree, however M Sport says it’s closely impressed by that title-winning automobile. Being a extra junior automobile, it has a extra junior drivetrain.
So it’s front-wheel drive, not all-wheel drive, whereas its engine is similar diddy 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo you’ll discover within the road-going Fiesta. Certainly, M Sport says it’s based mostly on the Fiesta ST-Line you can purchase from the showroom.
It’s been tweaked a bit, thoughts, and now produces 197bhp – the identical as the most recent Fiesta ST sizzling hatch however from two-thirds of the engine capability. Meaning it near-as-dammit produces 200bhp-per-litre, when a Bugatti Chiron manages 185bhp-per-litre. Yikes.
The engine is mated to a five-speed sequential gearbox, whereas the suspension contains Eibach springs and Reiger dampers, that are adjustable in quite a few methods to ensure you nail the automobile’s set-up relying on which floor of rally you’re competing in.
These rallies will seemingly be within the FIA Junior WRC Championship, which this automobile would be the foundation of. “The all-new Ford Fiesta R2 is an enormous step ahead,” says M Sport, “however the primary philosophy stays – giving the celebrities of the longer term the right platform with which to hone their expertise and present what they will do within the early phases of their careers.”
Wish to be the following Seb Ogier? This automobile could be your greatest wager. A totally constructed R2 prices €64,990 plus VAT (round £70,000) or it can save you a bit of money by sourcing your personal Fiesta and changing it with a €37,900 plus VAT (£40,000) package.