800 hp Ford Fiesta to make U.S. motorsport debut

Ford has recently announced that two Fiesta Rallycross cars will make U.S. motorsport debut, racing for Olsbergs Motor Sport Evolution team, with the first appearance being scheduled for Pike?s Peak International Hill Climb in July. Ford says the two Fiestas, driven by team manager Andreas Eriksson and former WRC champion Marcus Grönholm, will try to make the team be the first one to break the 10-minute mark over the 12.4-mile, 156-turn pavement and gravel course.

So, what makes Ford be so confident about this? Well, for one there?s the cars, which have all-wheel-drive, an unique Rallycross sports suspension and are powered by a 2.0-liter Duratec engine which has been heavily modified and outputs no less than 800 hp (yep, no typos there, it?s 800 hp!). Pretty impressive!

?We?re pleased to have a top independent team like Olsbergs MSE coming to the U.S. with their Fiesta Rallycross cars to take on the challenge of Pike?s Peak,? said Brian Wolfe, director, Ford North America Motorsports. ?This will be a great chance for enthusiasts here to see in this unique setting what a lot of the rest of the world is already talking about - that the Fiesta is a great road car and a great race car.?

[Source: Ford]

28th May 09. Posted in Ford, Motorsport.

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