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After watching this year's X Games and Ken Block's latest Gymkhana 3, it's no secret that the Ford Fiesta can easily be tuned into a potent rally-ready machine. That said, we greatly welcome the automaker's latest Fiesta R2 rally tuning kit, bringing a host of rally-spec mods to the general public.

In addition to things like a five-speed sequential gearbox, Reiger adjustable dampers, Eibach springs, ventilated disc brakes with four-piston calipers and a steel roll cage, Ford has found a way to coax more power out of the Fiesta's 1.6-liter inline-four. By adding a raft of new parts (pistons, camshafts, injectors, air filter, etc.), the Fiesta R2 is capable of producing 168 horsepower and 134 pound-feet of torque – gains of 48 and 22 over the stock car, respectively.

The R2 package was designed by M-Sport, a company that has been Ford's WRC partner since 1997, and New Hampshire-based team O'Neil Motorsports is the official reseller and authorized installer for this kit. Additionally, Ford Racing will offer a Stage 1 kit that includes performance upgrades, dampers, a limited-slip differential and roll cage for those who don't want the full hardcore experience.

So, you buy a rally-spec Fiesta... then what? Enthusiasts who add the R2 package to their Fiestas will be eligible to compete in the new Fiesta Sport Trophy Championship division of RallyCar's Rally America National Championship 2WD class. Only cars assembled by Team O'Neil can qualify for this series, with the class winner going on to Great Britain to compete in the Fiesta Sport Trophy International Shootout. Win the worldwide competition, and you'll land yourself a one-year residential placement at M-Sport, where you'll work with the BP Ford World Rally team.

Weekend backwoods rally racers, Ford is calling your name. Hit the jump to read the full details in the automaker's press release.

Ford Fiesta R2 Rally Kit
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- Ford Racing Performance Group is bringing the Fiesta R2 rally kit to the U.S., developed by M-Sport, a move expected to thrill rally enthusiasts across the country

- The R2 package offers several performance upgrades to give competitors a turnkey, rally-ready Fiesta, including powertrain enhancements that pump out 168 horsepower and 134 lb.-ft. of torque

- New Fiesta Sport Trophy Championship will debut in RallyCar's Rally America Series 2WD class for 2011, designed specifically for competitors who have the Fiesta R2 package installed by Team O'Neil

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 2, 2010 – For rally fans looking to imitate what successful Ford rally drivers Mikko Hirvonen, Jari-Matti Latlava and Ken Block have accomplished, a new Fiesta R2 rally package is the place to start.

Currently available throughout Europe, Ford Racing Performance Group is bringing the competition-ready package stateside to let enthusiasts turn their five-door Fiesta into a Fiesta R2 that's ready to compete on the roads of RallyCar's Rally America National Championship. The package is now available for order through Team O'Neil Motorsports, a division of Team O'Neil Rally School in New Hampshire (info@teamoneil.com).

"The spirit of One Ford is making it possible for us to bring the best of European rally racing to competitors in the U.S.," said Jamie Allison, director, Ford North America Motorsport. "The Fiesta R2 has already proven itself in Europe as a great platform for aspiring rally drivers."

The winner of the 2011 U.S. Fiesta Sport Trophy Championship will also have the opportunity to compete in the R2 class during next year's Wales Rally GB.

Developed by M-Sport, Ford's WRC partner since 1997, the kit will convert a production Fiesta to rally specification. Included in the package are engine parts that will increase the performance of the 1.6-liter Ti-VCT four-cylinder engine: pistons, conrods, camshafts, valve springs, injectors, airbox, air filter and a sump baffle kit. The performance enhancements deliver 168 horsepower and 134 lb.-ft. of torque, a 40 percent increase in horsepower over the production Fiesta.

Other upgrades include:

- Five-speed Sadev sequential gearbox with flat shift gear cut
- Reiger adjustable dampers with Eibach springs
- Ventilated disc brakes with AP four-piston competition calipers
- T45 steel multipoint roll cage

Team O'Neil Motorsports is the official reseller and authorized installer for the R2 kits. Only cars prepared by Team O'Neil will be eligible for the U.S. Fiesta Sport Trophy Championship.

"The R2 kit provides a fantastic performance and dynamic upgrade for the already strong and light Fiesta platform, transforming it into an instantly competitive and durable rally car," said Tim O'Neil, founder and president. "We're really excited to be able to offer this to North American rally drivers."

In addition to the full R2 kit, Ford Racing will also offer a Stage 1 kit based on the R2 package.

The Stage 1 kit will include parts designed for the rigors of rallying, including a roll cage, ball joints, engine performance upgrades, dampers and a limited-slip differential. The package will offer competitors a lower-cost entry point to take a Fiesta rallying.

New Fiesta Sport Trophy class

Enthusiasts who add the R2 package to their Fiesta will have the ability to compete in the Fiesta Sport Trophy Championship in RallyCar's Rally America National Championship 2WD class in 2011. The winner of the Fiesta Sport Trophy Championship will be awarded a ride in the R2 class in a Fiesta at Wales Rally GB. Additionally, the winner from the class will have the opportunity to compete in the Fiesta SportTrophy International Shootout in Great Britain for a chance to win a year's residential placement at M-Sport, working with the BP Ford World Rally team.

"Over the last two years, Ford Racing and the Fiesta have made a significant impact in the AWD Open class of RallyCar's Rally America, at X Games and in the debut of RallyCross," said JB Niday, managing director of RallyCar. "To see that emphasis expand into the 2WD class with an opportunity like the Fiesta Sport Trophy Championship is a tremendous indicator of the value placed on the Fiesta program and the commitment to growing Fiesta through rally by Ford."

The rally kit also is the perfect way for enthusiasts to appreciate all that the Fiesta offers.

"Not only are we offering rally enthusiasts a way to experience the full capabilities of Fiesta, but we're also giving them an amazing opportunity to test their skills in Europe on their way to perhaps realizing a dream of competing in the WRC," said Allison.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is great. I love it when companies support participatory racing, even better when it's rally racing too.

      But you don't need $10K worth of upgrades to go rally racing. Rally racing isn't just what you see on the WRC, there a lot of good rallying that takes place at lower speeds and it's still very competitive and very fun.

      Get a car, get a roll cage, get some safe seats, get a helmet and get out there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So 30,000 GBP. or $48000 for the car and kit? I think it is great when car companies have options like this. But for $48,000 you could have a WRX STI and $11,000 left over for upgrades and what.... triple the HP when you are done?

      how about an entry level corvette with 420 hp? Or $48,000 that almost gets you an Ariel Atom?

      • 4 Years Ago
      now let's see if everyone who bitches and moans about US never getting this type of stuff will actually put their money where their mouths are and buy it to make ford continue to offer this sort of niceties...
      • 4 Years Ago
      While I wholeheartedly back Ford's support of racing (particularly rally), I'm guessing that these parts, installed, will probably double the cost of the car... How about packages for those of us who just want to go a bit faster? Maybe an Ecoboost engine and suspension upgrades? Keep the price under $20k and I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed, there needs to be some middle ground that's reasonably priced. It's hard to make the jump from econobox to race car at that pricepoint.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i would gamble on suspension and gearbox ... and maybe a seat like that.

        such things starts around 5000€ bare ... and all gears are adjustable

        coil over set atleast 1500€

        i don't understand why you wanna go faster, i asume you wanna tos the car arround.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Naturally - I want an ST or RS version of the Fiesta, preferably as a standalone product (just like the GTI, GLI, Mazdaspeed3, Cobalt SS, etc). Something like a stiffer spring rate is free if it's incorporated into the car at the assembly factory. When you have to replace it as a dealer option, suddenly the costs skyrocket. Same with 4-wheel discs, it's a (relatively) low-cost option for manufacturers to do, but if you build a car with rear-drums and then have to pay a technician to replace them, in addition to the added cost of the drums added in, you're looking at a couple thousand dollars.

        This package is nice, and it's great to see the effort that Ford is putting into rally racing, but the number of people who go for this is probably going to be relatively small.
      • 4 Years Ago
      But where do I have to go to get that Fiesta in the picture, with only 2 doors?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It also doesn't have the lame toned-down American face. :/

        Every time I see one on the road, I'm just reminded of how much better the European versions front end looks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In EU ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      As much as I love it, why not just buy a used Focus SVT? The Focus SVT is only 8 inches longer and 100 pounds heavier, plus it already makes 170 hp out of the box. For the cost of just the Fiesta upgrade, you could buy an SVT and modify the hell out of it.

      But cost no object (and if we could get the 2-door Fiesta), I'd buy one :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think some of you guys took it all wrong. It's not a performance upgrade for road use nor it's not a kit to convert a road going fiesta into a rally car.
      R2 is a class defined by FIA which has very strict rules. This car has something like sequential transmission and it alone costs more than 5000€.
      The point is though "this car is elligable for FIA R2 class". And I can understand this can mean nothing to "even an ametur" American rally driver.

      Even used ones cost " a lot" !
      Fiesta R2 http://bit.ly/blypkw 53.000€ (74.000 $)
      Fiesta R2 http://bit.ly/djLtCs 40.000€ (56.000 $)
      Citroen C2R2 Max ex-Citroën Racing http://bit.ly/bsa6PR 47.000€ (66.000 $)
      • 4 Years Ago
      HEY FORD... where's OUR 2-door Fiesta??? The 4-door hatch will NEVER equate to sporty in my mind. All those SEMA Fiestas are a waste in 4-door hatch guise. There are plenty of young folks, single folks and empty-nesters who would prefer a 2-door bodystyle. BRING IT!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is there a kit available to change a four door into a two door fiesta?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a return ticket.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There is, comes with a plane ticket to EU ;-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not familiar with this sort of official upgrade process; is there any way you can have your new car sent directly to the upgrade shop and sell the parts that are taken out back to Ford to offset some of the cost?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wouldn't be surprised if buying and getting all that installed would cost as much as the car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This stuff should be sold from the Ford Performance Parts catalogue. not some 4th party
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