Mud and thunder: Fiesta S2000
TG drives the Ford Fiesta S2000, the lean but lairy future of rallying
Posted: 08 Dec 2010
To sample the future of World Rallying, basically. The new S2000 rules kick off in 2011, when the WRC is being turned on its head. The current high-tech cars, with tricky electronic diffs and highly expensive tech, will be ditched in favour of these simpler, more mechanical, cheaper S2000 cars.
And, significantly for me, they will be more difficult to drive. In current WRC cars, the gearchange is a simple paddle on the steering wheel, and the cars don't punish mistakes much. Obviously, there is no doubting the enormous skill level required to drive a full-blooded WRC car, but in S2000, the driver will have to work harder still, because there won't be as much power on offer. If you go into a corner in an S2000 car in the wrong gear, you won't be able to rely on huge amounts of torque to drag you onto the next bend. Maintenance of speed and momentum will be crucial.