Ford unveiled its new OlsbergsMSE-built Fiesta ST Global Rallycross Car at the Chicago Auto Show this week.
The competition car is based on the new Ford Fiesta ST production car and will make its competitive debut in the 2013 edition of the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) and Global X Games events, which will take place this summer in Los Angeles and at new venues in Brazil, Spain and Germany.
To support the development of the Fiesta ST GRC programme, Ford Racing in the United States has signed a 'multi-year manufacturer partnership' with OlsbergsMSE, whose credentials include two consecutive GRC drivers' championships with Tanner Foust and podium finishes at all six rounds in 2012. With technical support from Ford, the team helped the Blue Oval to secure the GRC manufacturers' title in both 2011 and 2012.
The first three Fiesta ST Global Rallycross Cars will be driven by Foust, Brian Deegan and Ken Block, who is set to announce his own plans in the coming weeks.
All three drivers will receive manufacturer support from Ford.
“Global Rallycross has been a great series for us to demonstrate what Ford's small performance cars can do,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. “With great drivers and teams, and now a formal manufacturer partnership with OlsbergsMSE, Ford Racing's commitment to Global Rallycross is quickly growing.
“We're excited about the debut of the Fiesta ST GRC this year, and it will be fantastic to see Ford's global performance car compete in four countries around the world.”