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Ford Fiesta "You so Pimping, You so Sexy" ad by Film Riot – Click above to watch the video after the jump

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2011 Ford Fiesta offset barrier crash test – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Brace yourself, race fans. Things are about to get a little weird. Ford has decided to meld the seemingly unmeldable worlds of NASCAR and rally to help promote the 2011 Fiesta. Ken Block, Richard Petty and AJ Allmendinger have joined forces as an unholy trifecta of motorsports action, unified by their common love of the number 43. We don't need to tell you that Petty famously campaigned old four-three in the heyday of NASCAR, netting 200 Sprint Cup wins and a total of seven championships in the

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Ken Block takes out the trash – Click above to watch video after the jump

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Sure enough, the upcoming Sprint Cup Carfax 400 will be paced by none other than the Blue Oval's tiny 2011 Fiesta Sedan. With less than a third of the displacement of the tube-frame beasts lapping Michigan International Speedway, we wouldn't quite expect lightning-quick pace laps, but hey – safety first. While pace cars are typically some sort of performance product, manufacturers aren't past parading less than muscular new hardware in front of the captive audiences of the raceway.

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Ken Block Gymkhana 3 Fiesta – Click above for high-res image gallery

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The real revolutionaries in the Fiesta Movement – the cars themselves, not the agents – have more work to do even though they're kind of on sale now and the revolution is over. Ford is giving 43 of the 100 Fiestas from the movement to the Team O'Neil Reilly Rally School in New Hampshire, where the hatchbacks will be refitted for student racing duty.

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2011 Ford Fiesta – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2011 Ford Explorer Teaser – Click above for high-res image gallery

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It's a Sony 2011 Ford Fiesta with graphics – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Ford Fiesta ownership application – Click above for high-res image gallery

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In case you missed it, we just published our First Drive of the brand-new Mazda2 today. If your attention spans is anything like ours, allow us to remind you that we've also driven the Ford Fiesta once or twice. Since both cars are built atop the same platform and will be competing for your hard-earned bucks in short order, the natural question is: Which one would you choose?

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