COLOGNE, Germany – Seven flame-spitting Ford Fiesta ST Global Rallycross Cars will go for gold in Barcelona’s Olympic Stadium this coming Sunday as the fast-growing phenomenon that is X Games rallycross roars into life in Europe for the first time.
Ford is the sole automotive sponsor of the four 2013 summer X Games contests, each of which contains the emerging discipline of rallycross in its list of action sports. The Barcelona event marks the first occasion in which Europe has hosted the summer version of the Games.
It also forms the second round of the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC), and the Fiesta ST rallycross car is a major contender in the hands of leading teams OlsbergsMSE (Tanner Foust, Brian Deegan, Toomas Heikkinen and Patrik Sandell), OMSE2 (Scott Speed and Steve Arpin) and Hoonigan Racing Division (Ken Block).
Swedish rallycross preparation expert OlsbergsMSE operates the largest stable of factory-backed Ford Fiesta STs under the guiding hand of former driver Andreas Eriksson. Block and Hoonigan Racing Division round out Ford’s X Games / GRC team with a Fiesta ST RX43.
Based upon the recently-launched Fiesta ST road car, the four-wheel drive, 550PS rallycross car is capable of accelerating from 0-100kph faster than an F1 car.
Ford Fiestas claimed the top five positions in the opening X Games / GRC event at Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil as Speed triumphed ahead of Heikkinen, Sandell, Arpin and Deegan.
“X Games has a truly global audience,” said Ford Racing director Jamie Allison. “The fact that the summer Games are coming for the first time to two of Europe’s biggest cities, next weekend in Barcelona and in Munich at the end of June, will only enhance its profile. It’s the perfect match for Ford, not only as a competitor, but also as a sponsor.
“Both X Games and GRC generate speed and excitement through the performance of the cars and the skills of the drivers. The action is fast, furious and exhilarating, and watching our Fiesta ST GRC accelerate from 0-100kph in just two seconds has to be seen to be believed. Don’t blink or you’ll miss something!” he added.