2011 Ford Fiesta RS WRC Rally Car Specs Released Before Swedish Debut

Ford and Citroen are the only two manufacturers currently involved in the World Rally Championship, but the competition is as hot as ever. Ford’s Fiesta was recently given the stamp of approval by the FIA to compete in this year’s events.

In a departure from last year, Ford is now running a Fiesta rather than a Focus in the WRC. In compliance with new series regulations, the car is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4, rather than the 2.0-liter powerplant the Focus previously. The engine size reduction was implemented for the 2011 season as the WRC’s sanctioning body pushed for cost effective solutions.

French engine builder Pipo Moteurs was assigned the task of constructing an engine with the stringent specifications required of the team. Although fitted with a 33 mm inlet restrictor, the tuned engine sends 300 horsepower and 332 pound feet of torque to all four corners through a six-speed sequential transmission.

Terrain ranging from asphalt, to gravel, to snow requires upgraded suspension components capable of handling the diverse surfaces. New springs and struts have been fitted along with upgraded anti-roll bars front and rear. Four-piston Brembo calipers grab hold of ventilated discs, but the diameter varies depending on road surfaces. Gravel roads call for 11.8-inch rotors, while the team utilizes 13.8-inch on asphalt (the maximum allowable size). A hydraulic handbrake locks up the tires when the driver needs.

OZ Racing wheels wrapped in Michelin rubber are bolted to the corners, with 15-inch diameter rollers reserved for snow and gravel and larger 18-inch wheels utilized on tarmac. A tight 12:1 steering ratio aids in maneuverability with only 1.5 turns lock to lock.

Ford has completed near 7000 miles of testing with the car and believes it is ready to tackle the 2011 WRC season. Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala will soon take to the snow and ice for the first event of the 2011 season at Rally Sweden. Will Hirvonen defend his Rally Sweden crown? We’ll find out later this month, when the event kicks off on Thursday, February 10th.

wayne rhode
I do think that the rally Fiesta with around 2200 pounds car weight, after they strip all they can, and replace what the rules say, with plastic and fiber glass, carbon fiber 300 conservative HP. power to weight is at 7.3 pounds per HP. 0 - 60 in the 3 second range. The quarter mile time if geared right would run low 11 sec to high 10 sec at 135 or so mph. I'd venture to say the whole front end from fire wall to the front bumper is gutted of inner fender wells and hood, fenders and front fascia, are all carbon fiber, plastic and fiber glass. The rear the same as said redone as well. But with that said, there is some added weight added with a mandatory 7 point roll cage. Plus frame tie down supports. This all helps the race car to be more ridged with way less flex. This is done so the tune for the  suspension will all be done from struts springs and coil springs. Helps keep concentration on the said parts. OK firm as a ridged go cart and balanced out with suspension mods pan hard bars. All helps on asphalt racing only. Sign me up I want a Giesta RS de tuned for the street  but not by much 20 HP or so Less. Will embarris most any V-8 and  from 60,000 to over 100,000 dollar sports cars. Nuff said

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