05-11-2012 Newly crowned FIA WRC Academy Champion*, Elfyn Evans, proved that the Ford Fiesta R1 has the pace as well as the strength when he contested the 2012 Rallye du Condroz-Huy in Belgium this weekend.
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The Ford Fiestas R1 and MS1 follow hot on the heels of the highly successful Ford Fiesta R2 which has sold in more than 34 countries and taken class victories across the globe. Aimed at those just starting out on their rallying career, the all-new Fiestas offer individuals an introduction to rallying at an affordable level.
Homologated to R1 specification, the basic 'R1' conversion kit offers all the same personal safety and underbody protection as its R2 counterpart, but with standard engine and transmission components to comply with international R1 regulations. The various MS1 kits on offer provide competitors with the option of upgrading their Fiesta, piece by piece, adding performance enhancements as local regulations allow, so as to eventually graduate to the Fiesta R2.
The latest in a long line of rally cars produced as a result of the successful partnership between Ford and M-Sport, the Fiestas R1 and MS1 have been developed with all the same expertise that launched the record-breaking Ford Focus RS WRC, Ford Fiesta GpN ST, the Ford Fiestas R2 and S2000, and more recently, the ground-breaking Ford Fiesta RRC and RS WRC.
The arrival of the Fiestas R1 and MS1 means that together, Ford and M-Sport offer a complete 'Ladder of Opportunity' through which competitors might graduate from national level right through to the top echelons of the WRC.