Mud and thunder: Fiesta S2000
TG drives the Ford Fiesta S2000, the lean but lairy future of rallying
Posted: 08 Dec 2010
It's brilliant through here, so predictable and balanced. The driver is intimately involved with what's going on, even on ice - and even if they're wearing enough coats for a trip to Antarctica, like I am. Every movement the car makes is fed straight back through the steering wheel and pedals.
Incredibly, the ride itself is quite serene so you don't feel like you're being shaken around. In a bizarre way, it's almost relaxing.
Then I suddenly think about what sort of speeds I'm doing, and it's immediately less peaceful. I imagine we touch 60mph before needing to get on the brakes, hard, for the really icy patch underneath some trees. At that sort of pace, the Fiesta starts to float over longer undulations. I have to force myself not to correct it, to have faith in the car, because otherwise this could end in a horrendous tank slapper, trying to thread a less-than-calm route through all the trees.