Good news for rally fans announces the Ford Fiesta R2 rally package available for US customers, after it had already been offered in the entire Europe, thus allowing its buyers to compete in a new championship, one that is named Fiesta Sport Trophy, in the Rally America Series 2WD class and starts with 2011. The winner of this championship will receive as a prize a ride in the R2 class in a Fiesta at Wales Rally GB and also is given the possibility to take part in the Fiesta Sport Trophy International Shootout.
But there is also a grand prize at stake, mainly a yearís residential placement at M-Sport and the honorable position of working alongside the Ford World Rally team. M-Sport, which is Fordís oldest partner, was the developer of the R2 rally package, which contains modifications applied to the stock Fiesta, one of the most significant being the 1.6-liter Ti-VCT engine.
Its output was raised to 168 hp and 182 Nm of torque, thus gaining 40% as compared to the production model, due to new pistons, conrods, camshafts and some other parts.
The upgrades list also includes a five-speed sequential gearbox, reiger adjustable dampers, a roll cage that protects the driver and navigator in case of an accident. A Stage 1 kit is planned to come along with the full R2 kit, thus providing drivers a lower-cost entry point.
Those who are interested can now order the package through Team OíNeil Motorsports.
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