Rallycross with TG USA host Tanner Foust
Ollie Marriage straps himself into the TG USA presenter’s 550bhp Ford Fiesta
Posted: 31 May 2012
Today is shakedown and testing. I doubt many other Rallycross teams have this luxury, nor access to a perfectly positioned Huf Haus with a double garage containing a lifting ramp over a polished brick floor. So what road-car parts are carried over? "The engine block, that is all," says Andrèas. He gestures at the two Mountune technicians sat in a glass office just to the side. "They are responsible for the engine and electronics. It's a 2.0-litre engine, and instead of the 32mm inlet restrictor that WRC cars run with, we're allowed a 45mm diameter. It means about 550bhp and 600lb ft. And the car's lighter, too. No co-driver, we only need to run four or five laps at a time, and we're not allowed fancy electronic differentials like the rally cars are."