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Old 05-27-2009, 11:48 AM   #1
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Old 05-27-2009, 12:42 PM   #2
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Old 05-27-2009, 02:19 PM   #3
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Awesome, Marcus is the Best EVAR!

I wish I could be there to cheer him on with a "Hit Timo in the"
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Old 05-27-2009, 02:43 PM   #4
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New Ford Fiesta to Make U.S. Motorsport Debut at Pike's Peak with Marcus Gronholm at the Helm:

There are plenty of ways to market a car. One way is to hand 100 Fiestas to specially selected social active people like 'oh my gosh my car was stolen, no its in the impound lot' Bronstein that ridicule themselves as well as Ford. Another road to publicity is to bring a couple of rally-bred Fiesta models over from Europe and race them at the annual Pike's Peak International Hill Climb that takes place in Colorado on July 19. Apparently we prefer the second solution. The two Fiestas Rallycross models that will race at the famous mountain peak that towers above Colorado Springs in the Rocky Mountains have been prepared by the Olsberg Motor Sport Evolution team from Sweden.



The two Fiestas will be driven by two times WRC champ and rally legend Marcus Gronholm, 41, in the 'Unlimited Class' and Andreas Eriksson, 35, a four-time Swedish rally champion. Ford said that the team will attempt to break the 10-minute mark over the 12.4-mile, 156-turn pavement and gravel course.


Ford Motor Company's director of Global Motorsport Business Development, Jost Capito, said: "The Pike's Peak event is another step forward for the new Ford Fiesta as a core vehicle in Ford's future global motorsport aspirations. We're looking forward to seeing Andreas and Marcus in action on this unique event."


The Olsbergs MSE Fiesta Rallycross car is based on the Fiesta hatchback model road cars. However, it comes with an advanced all-wheel-drive system and a 2.0-liter Duratec Ford engine that is capable of producing more than 800 horsepower.


Ford said that while its North American Racing unit will not be directly involved in the project, it will assist the Olsbergs team with logistical support while it is in America.





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'Tis the season for introducing new race cars, and the latest up to the plate is the new Ford Fiesta Rally Cross. For the uninitiated, rally cross is a unique form of motorsport that differs from World Rally Championship events principally by fielding several cars (instead of one at a time) on a mixed-surface track in heats and stages. The format actually started as a television show in the 60's, and has since grown from there, particularly in France, Great Britain, Benelux and across Scandinavia. The most intriguing part is that the cars, compared to WRC cars, are smaller and even more powerful, making for one heck of a spectacle. And this is the latest addition to the grid.

Based on the new Fiesta, Ford's TeamRS and Swedish rally team MSE built this widebody monster around a 2.0-liter Duratec turbo four snorting E85 ethanol to produce a massive 550 horsepower. That's enough to push the 2,600-pound rally-prepped Fiesta up to sixty in a scant 2.8 seconds. The car is driven by former champion Andreas Erikkson and double World Rally Champion Marcus Gronholm, and it managed to take a heat win in its debut event at the European Rally Cross stage at Lydden Hill, UK, despite suffering from some technical teething problems.
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Old 05-27-2009, 02:56 PM   #5
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holly crap.... gronholm is going to be in america!???? I AM THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 05-27-2009, 03:36 PM   #6
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If only I could attend
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Old 05-28-2009, 12:04 PM   #7
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Is it a requirement that Pikes Peaks cars have 800hp? Seems to be a common thread among the cars that race there.
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Old 05-28-2009, 12:35 PM   #8
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Is it a requirement that Pikes Peaks cars have 800hp? Seems to be a common thread among the cars that race there.
Nope, but it helps. 1000 hp is even better. At 14,000 feet it equals about 600 hp.
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Old 06-01-2009, 06:48 PM   #9
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yeah that altitude's a hp killer.
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:34 AM   #10
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i'd be interested in getting a peek at the engine bay of that monster
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Old 06-15-2009, 04:23 AM   #11
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hope Gronholm wipes out the competition...he should!!!
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Old 06-18-2009, 03:11 PM   #12
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hope Gronholm wipes out the competition...he should!!!
I'm suspecting that this Jap in Suzuki that broke the record last year may be hard to beat, especially since Marcus does not know the course that well
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Monster Tajima is not signed up for the hill climb this year. I suspect that Suzuki has suspended most of their motorsports activities this year.

Here's the PPIHC entry list so far for this year: http://www.ppihc.com/content.aspx?tabid=2&contentid=252
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Monster Tajima is not signed up for the hill climb this year. I suspect that Suzuki has suspended most of their motorsports activities this year.

Here's the PPIHC entry list so far for this year: http://www.ppihc.com/content.aspx?tabid=2&contentid=252
The PPIHC web site is notoriously inaccurate:

Here is a press release that came in yesterday:

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Two More Defending Champions Join The Field For The 2009 Pikes Peak
International Hill Climb In Colorado Springs



Colorado Springs, June 18---Two more 2008 Pikes Peak International Hill
Climb champions have registered to tackle the Hill again on July 19,
bringing the tally to a dozen returning winners in the Race to the Clouds.



Davey Durelle of Elizabeth, Colorado, will return to defend his Motorcycle
750 Class crown. He's won 12 PPIHC events over the summers and is the
current record holder in the 750 event with an 11:41.756 clocking in 2007.
He went 11:42.991 last year to win, riding his 2008 Aprilia SM 550.



Greg Tracy of Long Beach, California, will be back again to defend his
Motorcycle 1200 Class crown. He won last year with a 12:06.602 in his 2008
Ducati Hypermotard and over the years, he has claimed three PPIHC titles in
three classes and still holds one Hill record. (1996)



The twelve 2008 Champions returning for the Race To The Clouds in Colorado
Springs, with registration ongoing:


Paul Dallenbach, Basalt, CO (Open Wheel Division)

Nobuhiro Tajima, Tokyo, Japan (Unlimited Division)

Clint Vahsholtz, Woodland Park, CO (Super Stock Car)

Rhys Millen, Huntington Beach, CA (Time Attack 2WD)

Joe Prussiano, Conroe, TX (Motorcycle 450CC)

John Stallworth, Andover, KS (Motorcycle Quad 500)

Eddie Mulder, Littlerock, CA (Motorcycle Vintage)

Gary Trachy, Orange, CA (Motorcycle Supermoto)

David Kern, Centennial, CO (Time Attack 4WD)

Bryan/Allen Wenzel, San Ramon, CA (Motorcycle Sidecar)

Greg Tracy, Long Beach, CA (Motorcycle 1200)

Davey Durelle, Elizabeth, CO (Motorcycle 750)
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