Mud and thunder: Fiesta S2000
TG drives the Ford Fiesta S2000, the lean but lairy future of rallying
Posted: 08 Dec 2010
The short gearing means I'm constantly banging through the gearbox, and the Fiesta charges towards the redline in each gear. This is certainly not calming. There are only three lights to warn me I'm getting close to the rev limiter, and they flash up so quickly, with the revs climbing so rapidly, that even when I see the green one and lift, I'm still hitting the limiter.
With the introduction of these cars, WRC is going to become a lot more challenging. And a lot more awesome. If the Championship can sort out some proper TV coverage, then rallying might just develop the following it deserves. At present, this country lacks a champion driver, but the S2000 regulations should make it easier for younger talent to emerge. They can cut their teeth in these cars from a younger age on the full WRC circuit, as well as competing for overall honours in the national championships.
I only hope that they remember to close the door before they put their belts on...