We’ve shown you the new MINI WRC set to take on the World Rally Championship in 2012. Now feast your eyes on Ford’s entry into the downsized category of the WRC, the Fiesta RS WRC. In keeping with Ford design, the showcar is enveloped in blue and grey livery complementing the company’s kinetic design styling cues.
After Paris, the next official debut of the car will be the Rally Sweden in February 2011. The four-wheel drive Fiesta RS will house a 1.6-litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine.
This has been developed in association with their rally partner M-Sport and French tuners Pipo Moteur, which has created a powerplant that is capable of producing 300hp. Unfortunately, apart from this not much else has been revealed in terms of performance figures.
Keeping it up to scratch with the rest of the pack, the car has completed 3000 kilometres of testing, but is still in development, with a major test on gravel roads in Spain next week. Thus major changes could be made before its debut in Sweden. Drivers for Ford will be Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen, along with teammates, Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila.
High resolution press photos are available after the jump.
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