World Rally - 05/27/09 Dearborn Mich.: Marcus Gronholm and Andreas Eriksson manager Olsberg Motor Sport Evolution team from Sweden will bring two new Fiesta Rallycross cars to compete in the annual Pike's Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado on July 19. They will compete in the Unlimited Class at Pike's Peak in an attempt to be the first team to break the 10-minute mark over the 12.4-mile 156-turn pavement and gravel course. (Ford Racing) (05/27/09)
Ford has announced the new Fiesta will make its American motorsports debut at the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb on July 19.
Two specially modified Fiestas will be entered by Sweden’s Olsberg Motor Sport Evolution team, with manger Andreas Eriksson and professional rally driver Marcus Grönholm taking the wheel. They’ve set an ambitious goal for themselves, they’re trying to become the first team to ever complete the 12.4-mile pavement and gravel course in less than 10 minutes.
In order to have a shot a succeeding, the Fiestas have been equipped with a high performance 2.0-liter Duratec engine that produces more than 800 horsepower, we repeat – 800hp. The cars have also been outfitted with all-wheel drive and a unique Rallycross sports suspension which was jointly developed by Olsbergs Motor Sport Evolution, Öhlins, and Ford’s team of European RS engineers. Ford Racing North America, although not directly involved in the project, will assist the team with logistical support while it is in America.
According to Eriksson, “We are excited to be bringing the car to Pike’s Peak and to be able to see what it can do in such a unique competition. It’s a legendary event, and we’ve already been there to take a look at the challenge we will face. I’m convinced we’ll be a top contender to break the 10-minute mark and give the Fiesta a proper racing debut in the U.S.”