M-Sport unveiled the new EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta R2 for next year’s FIA Junior WRC Championship series. The hatchback, developed in conjunction with Ford, was designed to meet the FIA’s latest R2 regulations.

Designers started from a clean slate, so the new model shares little with the previous one. Most components of the rally car have been rethought and upgraded.

Motivating the Fiesta R2 is a 1.0-liter turbocharged I-3 that produces 200 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque. Backing the engine is a Sadev five-speed sequential transmission with an AP Racing two-disc plate clutch and a limited-slip differential.

The new suspension includes Reiger adjustable dampers (3-way front, 2-way rear adjustable) with Eibach springs that can be ordered with hard or soft springs. Alcon supplied the competition brake calipers, rear solid rotors, and the brake master cylinder. The front rotors are ventilated AP Racing units, and the rally car rides on OZ Racing wheels.

Electronics consist of a Life Racing F88 control unit with a digital dashboard, a three-stage anti-lag system, and an M-Sport power distribution unit. Additional technical specifications can be found here.

Previous Fiesta R2 rally cars have launched the careers of drivers like Ott Tänak, Elfyn Evans, Craig Breen, and Pontus Tidemand.

Teams can now place their orders for M-Sport’s latest Fiesta R2.

Source: Ford Performance

Source: MotorTrend

December 6, 2018