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KEN BLOCK’S MONSTER FIESTA READY FOR RACE DEBUT
DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 29, 2010 – The all-new Ford Fiesta is fun to drive, but for Monster World Rally Team driver Ken Block, fun takes on a different meaning.

When you spend your time dreaming up ways to push your rally car to new limits and create stunts that will create the next “must see” YouTube video, fun is a mixture of horsepower, race fuel and adrenaline. This weekend, Block and his newly formed Monster World Rally Team will debut their Ford Fiesta Rally America program at Sno*Drift in Atlanta, Mich. as they demonstrate their definition of fun.

Block and the Monster World Rally Team will campaign seven rally events in North America in 2010 for Ford, including the Summer X Games in August. Block will pilot a 2011 Ford Fiesta based on the race-winning European Rallycross Fiesta prepared by Olsbergs Motorsports Evolution.

“I am very excited to finally be in the Fiesta,” said Block. “The Fiesta is the car that beat me last summer at X Games. Ford has a great platform with the Fiesta, and I can’t wait to see what I can do in the Rally America championship and at the X Games later this year.”

Fiesta’s North American racing debut came at the 2009 Summer X Games where it took the Gold in rally competition. Block's 2.0-liter turbocharged Fiesta, modified to the Open Class specification for Rally America, is capable of producing over 490 hp at 8,000 rpm, but due to a required turbo-inlet restrictor by the series, the Fiesta will be running in the range of 330 hp.

Block, who will be co-driven by Italian Alessandro Gelsomino, will tackle all six rounds of the Rally America series in his Fiesta, which will be backed by Monster Energy Drink and Ford. His North American program will culminate at X Games 16 in Los Angeles in early August.

“Ford has a long, winning tradition in European rally and with Ken Block and Fiesta, we’re bringing that to North America for fans to experience first hand,” said Jamie Alison, director, Ford North American Motorsports. “There will be a little bit of rally in every Fiesta. It’s the right form of motorsports to showcase the driving dynamics of Fiesta.” Allison continued, "What people need to remember, as Ken races down the course this weekend, his car started off as a production vehicle. It is a true testament to the capability built into every Ford Fiesta.”

For the complete Ken Block schedule and to see Block in his 2011 Ford Fiesta, please visit www.fordracing.com and monsterworldrallyteam.com

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I just can't help but think HOW COOL that sinister Monster "M" would look on a Focus-based MERC C557
Posted: Jan 06, 2010

With more than 10,500,000 views of his “KEN BLOCK GYMKHANA TWO THE INFOMERCIAL” video on YouTube and winning three medals at X Games, Ken Block is a very popular figure in the motorsport industry. Ford announced today that it will team up with Block to market its new Focus and Fiesta to the motorsport world.

Starting this year, Block will campaign a Ford Focus in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) and a Ford Fiesta in Rally America and X Games...
 

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Fiesta WINS Debut Rally

Monte Carlo Rally: Mikko Hirvonen and Ford Fiesta S2000 dominate IRC - RallyBuzz - Written by Scott Coursey IRC, Latest News Jan 23, 2010
Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen today won the legendary Monte Carlo Rally in the new M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000 rally car after leading from start to finish on its competitive debut.

Ford's official FIA World Rally Championship team drivers mastered treacherous winter conditions in the mountains of southern France to reach the finish at Monaco's famous harbour with a 1min 51.4sec advantage. The Fiesta S2000 has been developed by Ford's rally partner, M-Sport, and the five-day Monte Carlo Rally offered the toughest of debuts. However, the car never missed a beat over 405.01km of competition, to provide a perfect start to the 2010 campaign for Hirvonen and Lehtinen...
...said 29-year-old Hirvonen "...This car is brand new to competition but everything worked perfectly from the first kilometre. That's a tribute to the whole team, and particularly the people who put in so much effort over the last two weeks."

"To start the season with a win is a big confidence boost. I enjoy the winning feeling and I want to carry on like this when the WRC starts next month in Sweden," added Hirvonen.

M-Sport managing director Wilson said: "It's a dream debut for our new Fiesta S2000. We led from the first stage to the last and didn't experience a single problem, which is hugely encouraging for a new car. Mikko drove at exactly the pace he needed to win and his feedback will be crucial in our further development of the Fiesta...
 

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Fiesta WINS 100 Acre Wood Rally - 5 (FIVE!) in a ROW

Block Rockin' Beat: 100 Acre Woods Rally results - Autoblog

by Frank Filipponio - on Mar 1st 2010 at 1:30PM
He did it. Ken Block made it five-in-a-row at the 100 Acre Wood Rally, showing that his new Ford Fiesta is doing just as good for him as his old Subaru. Block and Alex Gelsomino were the overall winners of the Open Class in their Monster World Rally Team Ford Fiesta...

...Block charged on and never looked back, crossing the finish some 20 seconds ahead of the Evo...

...Next up for Rally America will be the Olympus Rally in Olympia, Washington on April 24-25.
 

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The fiesta is probably a better platform than focus for racing,(power to weight ration).

Can it take AWD?
 

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dunno about an Awd Fiesta - can it still be Fwd with 320HP?? :eek:
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speaking of the Focus:

Ken Block's Ford Focus WRC Revealed, Muddy - Jalopnik

Before jetting back to win his fifth 100 Acre Woods Rally Ken Block had "only" one day to test out his new Monster WRC Ford Focus. Yeah, but that's one truly kickass day...

oh, they've got a video too
 

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I just *love* pix of cars up in the air wiggling their wheels :)


Ford Focus RS World Rally Car:

Geneva, March 2, 2010 * The record-breaking Focus RS World Rally Car has started its 12th and final season as Ford Motor Company's official challenger in the FIA World Rally Championship. The car, which powered Ford to consecutive manufacturers' world titles in 2006 and 2007, will be replaced in 2011 by an all-new car based on the highly-successful Fiesta road car. (3/2/2010) ford.wieck.com
 
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