Ladies and Gentlemen in this corner is the all new Ford Fiesta RS WRC rally car seen her for the first time at the 2010 Paris Auto Show.
It comes with a 1.6-litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine and it officially replaces the current Ford Focus.
It will make it’s official race debut next February at the Rally in Sweden.
And the corner we have the brand new Mini Countryman WRC, also seen for the first time at the 2010 Paris Auto Show.
It also comes with a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine built by BMW with and all-wheel-drive, of course and it comes with a Xtrac 6-speed sequential transmission.
Alas the new WRC Mini will only race is six of the thirteen 2011 events, but come 2012 the Mini is all in.
Ian Robertson of BMW says:
“The Paris Motor Show is the perfect stage on which to launch our MINI WRC. The response to our announcement that MINI will return to the world of rallying next year was very positive. The FIA World Rally Championship is the pinnacle of rallying, making it the ideal platform for demonstrating the competitive spirit of our brand. The development of the car is running on schedule, and the preparations for the world championship are in full swing. The MINI Countryman production model provided the ideal basis for our new world championship challenger.”
In other words…we’re serious about kicking some Ford Fiesta butt.
Now if only Subaru would get back in the WRC factory sponsorship game with their new WRX STI. Check it out below.