Mud and thunder: Fiesta S2000
TG drives the Ford Fiesta S2000, the lean but lairy future of rallying
Posted: 08 Dec 2010
Pushing and pulling the gearstick requires far more effort than I'd imagined. Pussyfoot about with it and the Fiesta won't select the next gear; really bang it home, don't try to be delicate and it drops into the next cog with a clunk. The trick is being confident, showing it who's boss. There's a lot of energy required.
There's also definitely less grip than there was in Loeb's Citroen C4 WRC - which I drove last year - the Fiesta's back end feels more lairy. I use the car's sidewaysness to steer from one bend to the next, linking the two together, trying not to touch the brake between them, just using the pendulum action to swing the rear of the car from a left-hander to a right-hander.