With excitement building around M-Sport’s Ford Fiesta R5, the company is pleased to confirm that the project is nearing completion. With the all-new Fiesta due for public unveiling in January, M-Sport is seeing considerable interest with the first saleable model due to roll out of the workshop in April.
Despite harnessing the same expertise that launched the current crop of globally successful Ford Fiesta rally cars, the Fiesta R5 is in effect a completely new model. With 90 per cent of the Fiesta R5 differing from its RRC and RS WRC counterparts, the latest addition to Ford’s ‘Ladder of Opportunity’ will include a new transmission developed in conjunction with Sadev and a new engine – with a 32mm restrictor – developed in-house by M-Sport’s engineers.
Based on the 1.6 turbo Ford Fiesta ST road car, the Fiesta R5 will also boast a newly developed roll cage, fuel tank and electronics, not to mention a revised aero package to comply with R5 regulations. In an aim to reduce costs for the customer, the car has been designed with ease of use in mind and M-Sport has developed a new generation of rally car which can be easily managed and maintained by teams around the globe.
The Fiesta R5 provides the perfect transition from 2WD to 4WD competition and is the ideal model for those competitors who are keen to progress. With deposits already being placed for the first batch of Fiesta R5s, those wishing to receive more information should register their interest with M-Sport’s Customer Liaison Manager, Richard Millener ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
M-Sport Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:
“Our engineering department is working flat-out developing the [Ford] Fiesta R5 and the first car is due to be tested in the coming weeks. We have had a lot of interest in this model and it is set to be one of the most popular rally cars in the Fiesta family. Needless to say we are all looking forward to launching the [Fiesta] R5 in January.”