Ford’s perpetual teases continue. We already had our first look at the new Ford Fiesta RS built for the 2011 World Rally Championship back at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the automaker refrained from showing its finalized paint scheme until today.
The result is quite similar to the paint scheme used on last year’s Focus WRC cars, although there are a few subtle differences. The bright green of former sponsor BP has been removed, and the paint scheme does use white — not blue — as the base color. According to driver Mikko Hirvonen, these changes and the entire paint scheme make the Fiesta look “aggressive and clean” — and, according to Gerard Quinn, motorsports director for Ford of Europe, that was entirely the point.
“We tried to make it subtle in terms of its sporty and performance appeal, but at the same time, execute it in a subtle way,” Quinn said. “It does look aggressive in certain parts but in a subtle way. It’s a move away from the traditional blue, and it’s been a challenge to work with the colors [we have]. Hopefully, people appreciate it when it’s on the stages, that it will be eye-catching, and create an iconic image people will remember in the future.”
As previously reported, the new Fiesta RS WRC car is based considerably on the Fiesta S2000 rally car, which has already garnered considerable success in global rally competition — in fact, the car brought home a victory at the famed Monte Carlo Rally last January. Power comes from a turbocharged 1.6-liter I-4 based off Ford’s new EcoBoost 1.6-liter, and is channeled through an all-wheel-drive system. We particularly like the wild fender flares and blistered hood, both of which lend the little Fiesta an aggressive, Group B-like stance.
Full specifications won’t be released until Ford’s WRC team has finished testing the car, but they’re likely due to wrap-up development in the weeks to come. After all, the Fiesta RS WRC is due to make its race debut at Rally Sweden — the first stop in the 2011 WRC tour — on February 10.
Source: Ford, World Rally Championship