The WRC season kicks off this weekend with Rally Sweden, and here’s two minutes of Ken Block trying to keep his Ford Fiesta WRC car pointed in roughly the right direction during shake down testing. Despite studded tires and AWD, Block seems to spend a surprising amount of time sideways, scrubbing off speed. It looks like the new Ford Fiesta may prove even more challenging to drive than last year’s WRC Ford Focus. Block knows what he needs to do to improve in 2011, and a lot of that is dependent upon creating better pace notes with his co-driver, Alex Gelsomino. More below.
New for the 2011 Season, the Monster World Rally Team Ford Fiesta uses a 1.6 liter EcoBoost turbocharged four cylinder engine. I can’t seem to find how much horsepower it’s putting out, but in Block’s own words, “I’m absolutely loving the new WRC car. It’s amazing. At first I wasn’t sure what to expect out of the 1.6 liter turbo, but it actually feels faster than the WRC Focus with its 2-liter turbo engine. The Fiesta is just a great chassis for rally.” Here’s wishing Ken and Alex much success in 2011.
Source: Monster World Rally Team