M-Sport reached a significant milestone earlier this month with the Cumbrian firm completing work on the 50th Ford Fiesta R5.

Launched in the midst of 2013, the Fiesta R5 has received global recognition and has become one of M-Sport's most successful models. Indeed it followed in the footsteps of its predecessors by claiming victory on its debut outing with Jari Ketomaa securing a dominant WRC2 win on year's Rally Finland.

The first outright victory then followed with Oleksandr Saliuk powering to first place at the Aleksandrov Rally in his native Ukraine.

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Since then, the Fiesta R5 has gone on to claim 27 class wins, ten outright victories and is currently leading the WRC2 standings as well as a number of regional championships including those in Estonia, Kuwait and Norway. The next international outing for M-Sport's Fiesta R5 will be the Rally de Portugal next month in which no fewer than 14 cars will line up for the start.

"The Fiesta R5 has been one of our most successful models and has helped us continue at the sport's highest level. To see the new Fiesta performing at such a high level - with international recognition - is extremely satisfying," said M-Sport boss, Malcolm Wilson.

"It's a credit to the efforts of every single member of the M-Sport team and the endless support we have received from all of our customers. Their confidence in our ability to produce a highly competitive product is what drives our success."

To date M-Sport has received close to 70 orders for the Fiesta R5 and has delivered its latest creation to 21 different countries across mainland Europe, the Middle East, the Baltic States, South America and on home soil in the United Kingdom. The Cumbrian firm has also received seven orders for the upgraded Ford Fiesta R5+ package which incorporates a modified turbo, air-intake system and 34mm restrictor to provide the engine with an added 30hp.