WRC » New Ford Fiesta S2000 rally car launched


Malcolm Wilson: "The Ford Fiesta S200 is the first global rally car for Ford and M-Sport, I really believe that we have produced a fantastic rally car and this launch is a big step to seeing it out competing in rallies."

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Chris - Unregistered

November 18, 2009 4:24 PM

A shame the car is only running as course car in Scotland.

May be not an entirely stupid move however as Meeke and friends would have destroyed Wilson.

The real shame is that it could be a great car but in the hands of '60 starts 1 4th place' Matt Wilson, we'll never know.

Maverik - Unregistered

November 19, 2009 9:20 AM

WRC and rallying cars are getting smaller and smaller....
When toyota , mitsubishi and subaru were fighting they had cars with boots fighting for the championship. Htey looked fantastic and were competing on equal grounds. Then came ford with their focus and then citroen made another step by bringing a smaller c4 coupe into the picture.
This made Subaru design a hatchback(looked s*t in my view)... Finally Mitsubishi and Subaru quit the sport bcz they could not win.
Now ford have taken another step backwards by putting the fiesta into the picture...
Seems like the FIA's rally car rult is pathetic.... FIA should revisit the rules and plug holes before the sport becomes miniature racing.

Maverik - Unregistered

November 19, 2009 9:21 AM

WRC and rallying cars are getting smaller and smaller....
When toyota , mitsubishi and subaru were fighting they had cars with boots fighting for the championship. They looked fantastic and were competing on equal grounds. Then came ford with their focus and then citroen made another step by bringing a smaller c4 coupe into the picture.
This made Subaru design a hatchback(looked s*t in my view)... Finally Mitsubishi and Subaru quit the sport bcz they could not win.
Now ford have taken another step backwards by putting the fiesta into the picture...
Seems like the FIA's rally car rule is pathetic.... FIA should revisit the rules and plug holes before the sport becomes miniature racing.

Sandro Fiorini - Unregistered

November 19, 2009 10:54 AM

I, for one, would like to see more everyday cars in WRC. Indeed, that is one of the main appeals in the WRC: been able to see a normal car racing. More mundane they are, best it is. Even if the rally cars themselves are far away from what we call "everyday car". On the other hand, it will be nice to see something like a FIA GT Rally.

benjamin - Unregistered

November 19, 2009 12:10 PM

@andyHew,

Group A cars were awful, group B cars were all sizes, all types of engines and induction styles and the best fun to watch. Peugeot 205's to Toyoya Celica's and beyond. rallying took a giant step backward when it moved to group A.

The good thing about the S2000's and the IRC is the range of cars involved. I can't wait for the WRC to die on it's bloated a$$ and proper rallying to come back to the fore.

John Kilbride - Unregistered

November 19, 2009 4:31 PM

The FIA should do one thing, ban 4 wheel drive in every way. How many cars you see in everday use are 4 wheel drive and also have turbos.
Bring back rallying the way it was prior to the days before the Audi Quattro came into the sport and totally ruined it in every respect.

AndyHew01

November 19, 2009 5:43 PM

@ benjamin, grp B was before my time lol,

Group A was the top spec of rallying when i started to watch, and i remember been amazed by these normal looking firebreathing monsters... whereas now i can take it or leave it

Ive seen the odd group B car at rally shows and they are something else, just amazing..

And dont ban 4wd, there is nothing interesting about seeing a FWD car wheelspinning at about 1 mph in Sweden... keep 4wd and lets enjoy the amazing car control these drivers have, and hardly any mainstream manufacturers make RWD anymore

John Kilbride - Unregistered

November 19, 2009 6:46 PM

I first became interested in rallying in the 70's.
During that time we had the escorts, chevettes, mantas etc. Absolutely brilliant to watch.
Having cars like these which were pretty basic, makes it possible for privateers to get involved in the action. Ok FWD can be boring but maybe a rule which allows manufacturers build a few hundred rear wheel drive might be the answer. Also do you remember the first few years of Group A, the time when the Sierra Cosworth was being developed, first year they were crap to watch, year 2 big improvement. I think maybe the same could happen with Fwd. From my understanding regarding the new s2000 etc can only be used in wrc events,nothing else.

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