M-Sport, the team behind Ford's works programme in the World Rally Championship, has announced that it is to start work on a Super 2000 version of the new Fiesta, which will conform to the new WRC technical regulations.

Work is due to start shortly on the car ahead a testing programme later in the year and homologation next January, with award winning technical director Christian Loriaux leading the project.

The car will be able to compete in a range of regional championships around the globe, and will also be eligible for the WRC when the latest generation of World Rally Championship cars hit the stages - with the S2000 machinery eligible to compete next year before the series fully adopts the regulations in 2011.

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"I'm delighted that after completing an extensive feasibility study M-Sport has decided to proceed with the development of a new Fiesta Super 2000 car," managing director Malcolm Wilson said. "The creation of this car will be an important step in reducing the cost of rallying and will make competing in the World Rally Championship more affordable.

"Work is about to get underway on the car and it will be available for competitors to purchase in time for the 2010 season. M-Sport developed the Ford Focus RS WRC which has taken over 100 consecutive WRC points finishes and our technical knowledge and top-class engineering should make the new Fiesta Super 2000 just as successful."