Ford Australia Supports the ARC With Fiesta Rallying Pair Photo:
Peter Anderson | Sep, 18 2012 | 0 Comments

Ford Australia and M-Sport - the company that runs the Ford World Rally Team WRC operation - will supply R1 and R2 specifcation cars for the 2013 Australian Rally Championship (ARC).

Australian M-Sport agent RSPORT has the rights to offer the cars for sale to competitors.

“These vehicles are a great way to step up from state championship level rallying to the national title. The R1 and R2 possess similar technology to the WRC car, but at a fraction of the cost,” RSPORT spokesman Phil Coppin said.

The R2 spec is developed on the roadgoing Fiesta, with an engine upgrade, sequential-shift transmission, AP brakes, Reiger suspension and the mandatory safety gear.

Ford will also be offering the inaugural Fiesta Sport Trophy to the winning R2 team in the ARC, becoming the thirteenth country to participate in the program.

The drivers from the winning team will represent Australia at the International Fiesta Sport Trophy at the end of 2013.

The winner of the International will win a 12-month contract to work for M-Sport alongside Rally GB winner Jari-Matti Latvala and former WRC champion Petter Solberg.

"We look forward to seeing the Fiesta R1 and R2 competing at the Australian Rally Championship in 2013. Rallying is a key component of Ford’s global motorsport strategy and Fiesta is a key nameplate for Ford Australia," Mr Coppin said.

"We see a great fit here with the new direction of the Australian Rally Championship in 2013."

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