Mud and thunder: Fiesta S2000
TG drives the Ford Fiesta S2000, the lean but lairy future of rallying
Posted: 08 Dec 2010
No trick active diffs will be allowed, the cars will be four-wheel drive and use 1.6-litre turbocharged engines, which will probably end up generating a bit less than the current WRC car's 300bhp. These motors are part of the FIA's global engine idea, so World Touring Cars will be using them as well for cost-spreading purposes.
The turbo engine rules were only decided a few days before we got in the Fiesta, so our car has got a 2.0-litre 280bhp naturally aspirated four. It's still powerful enough to take me a long way into the forest. As soon as you flick the two toggle switches on the transmission tunnel, you can tell rallying won't be going soft with these cars. The Fiesta immediately sounds raw and mechanical, angry almost, and the vibrations come right through the seat far more than in a road car - no weighty noise insulation in this little beast.