Somewhere among all the headline-making supercars and wild tuner creations at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show sits Ford’s modest new Fiesta R2 rally car. The racer was developed by Ford alongside the UK’s M-Sport racing firm and replaces the current version of the Fiesta used in FIA-governed rally events.
The current Fiesta R2 is powered by Ford’s 1.6-liter Zetec four-cylinder, however M-Sport and Ford decided to take advantage of new rules with the updated model, which permit the use of 1.0-liter turbocharged engines. A 168 horsepower version of the automaker’s 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine was used in the new Fiesta R2, giving it roughly the same amount of power as the outgoing car.
The Fiesta will be the first R2 class car to take advantage of the engine regulations change when it makes its competition debut. Over 250 Fiesta R2 cars are currently fielded in the sport, earning Ford “numerous class victories and championship laurels,” the automaker says.
“Ford is delighted to have been a part of this innovative and world-leading project alongside our rally partners M-Sport,” said Gerard Quinn, head of racing for Ford Performance in Europe. “The launch of the 1.0-litre Ford Fiesta R2 now means that drivers can experience EcoBoost technology on track and rally stage from a very early age.”