Ford Fiesta RS WRC
|Category||World Rally Car|
|Successor||Ford Fiesta WRC|
|Chassis||Reinforced body with welded, multi-point roll cage|
|Length||3,963 mm (156.0 in)|
|Width||1,820 mm (72 in)|
|Wheelbase||2,480 mm (98 in)|
|Engine||Ford EcoBoost engine 1.6 L (98 cu in) 4-cylinder, 16-valve turbocharged|
|Transmission||6-speed M-Sport / X-Trac six-speed semi-automatic transmission gearbox with hydraulic shift|
|Weight||1,200 kg (2,646 lb)|
|Notable entrants|| M-Sport World Rally Team
Jipocar Czech National Team
DMACK World Rally Team
FERM Power Tools World Rally Team
Ford World Rally Team
Qatar World Rally Team
Adapta World Rally Team
Khalid Al Qassimi
|Debut||2011 Rally Sweden|
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 2011 World Rally Championship season. 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)
No. Event Season Surface Driver Co-driver 1 59th Rally Sweden 2011 Snow Mikko Hirvonen Jarmo Lehtinen 2 21st Rally Australia Gravel Mikko Hirvonen Jarmo Lehtinen 3 67th Wales Rally GB Gravel Jari-Matti Latvala Miikka Anttila 4 60th Rally Sweden 2012 Snow Jari-Matti Latvala Miikka Anttila 5 46º Rally de Portugal Gravel Mads Østberg Jonas Andersson 6 68th 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)
No. Event Season Driver Co-driver 1 61st Rally Sweden 2013 Yazeed Al Rajhi Michael Orr 2 27º Rally Guanajuato México Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Killian Duffy 3 33º Philips LED Rally Argentina Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Killian Duffy 4 22nd Coates Hire Rally Australia Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Killian Duffy 5 48° Rally de Portugal 2014 Nasser Al-Attiyah Giovanni Bernacchini 6 34º Rally Argentina Nasser Al-Attiyah Giovanni Bernacchini 7 23rd Rally Australia Nasser Al-Attiyah Giovanni Bernacchini 8 50° Rally Catalunya Nasser Al-Attiyah Giovanni Bernacchini 9 29º Rally México 2015 Nasser Al-Attiyah Matthieu Baumel 10 35° Rally Argentina Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Marshall Clarke 11 49° Rally de Portugal Nasser Al-Attiyah Matthieu Baumel 12 12° Rally d'Italia Sardegna Yuriy Protasov Pavlo Cherepin 13 24th Rally Australia Nasser Al-Attiyah Matthieu Baumel 14 58. Tour de Corse Julien Maurin Nicolas Klinger
Ford Fiesta RS WRC 'Evolution'
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.
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- Evans, David (10 February 2011). "WRC Preview: Tech Insight". Autosport. Vol. 203 no. 6. Haymarket Publications. pp. 60–61.
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