The Ford Fiesta rally package is currently available in Europe for enthusiasts who want to turn theri innocent hatchback into a rally monster. Now that the Americans, mostly thanks to Ken Block, are getting to like rallying, Ford is also offering this package in the US as the Fiesta R2 rally package.
This package which is developed by Ford’s official rally partner M-Sport, includes a range of upgrades chief among which is the powertrain. They offer high performance engine parts including pistons, conrods, camshafts, valve springs, injectors, airbox, air filter and a sump baffle kit, so the the 1.6 liter Ti-VCT four-cylinder now generates 168 horsepower and 134 lb.-ft. of torque, 40 percent more than the production Fiesta.
Other upgrades include:
* Five-speed Sadev sequential gearbox with flat shift gear cut
* Reiger adjustable dampers with Eibach springs
* Ventilated disc brakes with AP four-piston competition calipers
* T45 steel multipoint roll cage
Now if that is too professional for you and you need something lighter, then you should go for the R1 package which includes a roll cage, ball joints, engine performance upgrades, dampers and a limited-slip differential. The package will offer competitors a lower-cost entry point to take a Fiesta rallying.
“The spirit of One Ford is making it possible for us to bring the best of European rally racing to competitors in the U.S.,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford North America Motorsport. “The Fiesta R2 has already proven itself in Europe as a great platform for aspiring rally drivers.”
“The R2 kit provides a fantastic performance and dynamic upgrade for the already strong and light Fiesta platform, transforming it into an instantly competitive and durable rally car,” said Tim O’Neil, founder and president. “We’re really excited to be able to offer this to North American rally drivers.”