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Ford's next generation WRC car begins testing


M-Sport has completed the build of the first Ford Fiesta S2000 rally car and has begun an extensive testing programme

The Fiesta S2000 has today been given its initial system checks close to M-Sport’s Cumbrian base and will continue testing in the UK before heading to mainland Europe for asphalt and gravel tests in the coming months.

The team at M-Sport has continued to work closely with Ford of Europe's small car design and development team during the final build process to ensure that Ford’s kinetic design elements were incorporated into the dynamic and aggressive looking car.

No technical details of the car have been released, but S2000 rules mean that the car will be four-wheel drive, without a turbocharger.

Matthew Wilson was at the wheel for the first shakedown and he will be among a number of drivers who will be tasked with testing the vehicle during the condensed development programme scheduled for the rest of 2009.

M-Sport’s Fiesta S2000 rally car will be aimed at competitors in the WRC World Cup, IRC and national rally championships, and its racing debut is planned for 2011.


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