Loud, lacking creature comforts and very, very fast – it might seem that high-tech rally cars are quite removed from the car on your drive. But not always.
Underneath the bonnet of the Fiesta R2 rally car, which competes this weekend at the Monte Carlo Rally, is a 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, which also powers 12 of the cars in our line-up – from the regular Fiesta road car to the seven-seat Grand C-MAX.
Built by motor-racing experts M-Sport, the Fiesta R2 1.0-litre EcoBoost – which does have a little more power than its road-going cousin – offers upcoming drivers the chance to compete in an affordable six-round rallying series called the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy.
Watch what happened when we gave 1.0-litre EcoBoost drivers the chance to experience the fast and furious 180PS Fiesta R2 at M-Sport’s testing facility Greystoke, in Cumbria.