The team that finished 1-2 in the Global RallyCross championship last season will look to repeat that success, with the launch of the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST racecar that will debut at the Chicago Auto Show tomorrow.
Ford Racing will unveil their new beast on Thursday, in preparation for the new 2013 GRC season that begins in a few weeks. Last year, stunt driver Tanner Foust won the championship and his Ford teammate Brian Deegan took second in a race-prepped Ford Fiesta.
This season, they’ll switch things up a bit. The car is based on the Ford Fiesta ST, a high-performance hatchback that will go on sale to the public in the summer. Ford is heavily pushing the racing – and honing – credentials of the Fiesta ST. When the production car made its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year, Ken Block shrouded it in a curtain of tire smoke for the big reveal.
The cars will be run by the OlsbergsMSE team that has helped Foust to win the last two GRC titles.
“Global RallyCross has been a great series for us to demonstrate what Ford’s small performance cars can do,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing.
“With great drivers and teams, and now a formal manufacturer partnership with OlsbergsMSE, Ford Racing’s commitment to Global RallyCross is quickly growing. We’re excited about the debut of the Fiesta ST GRC car this year, and it will be fantastic to see Ford’s global performance car compete in four countries around the world this season.”