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Old 09-28-2009, 12:54 PM   #1
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Default WRC Ford Fiesta S2000 Testing Begins


Ford Fiesta S2000 begins testing

The car which Ford will use as the basis for its WRC campaign in 2011, the Fiesta S2000, has started the testing phase of its development programme.
Less than six months after M-Sport began work on its Fiesta S2000 project, the first car has been completed and was given its initial system checks at a track close to the firm's Cumbrian base on Sunday.
An extensive testing programme will continue in the UK before switching to mainland Europe for asphalt and gravel tests in the coming months.
Stobart Ford driver Matthew Wilson was at the wheel for the first shakedown and he will be among a number of drivers who will test the vehicle during a condensed development programme scheduled for the rest of 2009.
The new car is expected to be homologated in January 2010 and will be aimed at competitors in next year's WRC World Cup, as well as other national and international series around the globe.
The team of designers and engineers, led by M-Sport’s Technical Director Christian Loriaux, have stuck closely to a tight development schedule to allow the maximum amount of time for testing between now and the end of the year.
In an effort to further speed up the development process, a second body shell is already complete and should be transformed into a second test car by the end of October.
M-Sport Managing Director Malcolm Wilson said: “The production of a new rally car is always an exciting period for everyone at M-Sport and I’m pleased to see that Christian and his team have finished the build on schedule as planned.
"The important thing now is that we undertake a strong test and development campaign in order to provide our customers with the best possible S2000 package. I’m sure that this car will also provide a very strong base for Ford’s next generation WRC car.”
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:48 PM   #2
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Has the WRC even got a standard for next year?

At least the S2000 will be eligible for more events, maybe even a manufacturer bid in the IRC where there is some competition.
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Originally Posted by Yotsuya View Post
Has the WRC even got a standard for next year?
Kind of like the PWRC and JWRC, their will be a WRC World Cup for S2000 type cars in 2010 before they switch over completely in 2011. I think they plan to run the Fiesta in IRC and other series as well.
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