Here’s something for Ford Fiesta fans to salivate over. The Fiesta RS WRC is Ford’s challenger to Loeb and team for next season’s World Rally Championship. Based on the Fiesta S2000 from the IRC, the Fiesta WRC will be powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged Ecoboost engine capable of 300 hp. Ford, M-Sport and French company Pipo Moteur worked on this car.

The Fiesta WRC will undergo its first major test next week in Spain, where pilots Jari-Matti Latvala and Mikko Hirvonen will try the car for the first time. Its race debut will be at the Rally of Sweden in February 2011.

Click here to view the studio images. Pictures from Paris are after the jump.

[zenphotopress number=999 album=1583]