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M-Sport’s Ford Fiesta R5 took to the forest today as WRC regular, Matthew Wilson, put the new model through its paces at the team’s testing ground in the confines of Greystoke Forest in the north of England. Testing durability, reliability and performance, the team are working hard to ensure the outfit’s latest challenger reaches the same high standards as its fellow Fiestas.
 
Despite harnessing all the same expertise that launched the record-breaking Ford Fiesta S2000, Fiesta RRC and Fiesta RS WRC, the Fiesta R5 is a completely revised model with over 90% of the car designed and developed from new. While this brings its challenges, it also allows the team to expand their previous successes and create a car which is not only affordable and easily maintained, but also highly competitive.
 
Early indications are promising, and M-Sport’s team of designers and engineers are committed to producing another globally successful rally car.
 
Ford Fiesta R5 test driver, Matthew Wilson, said:
 
“We have made some great progress [with the Ford Fiesta R5] today – for a car to come straight out of the box and run like this is fantastic.
 
“We have mainly been testing the durability and reliability of the car today to see how it fares under the conditions it is likely to face at World Championship level, but we also worked on improving the set-up this afternoon.
 
“There is still a lot of development to do, but today has been very promising. All the basics are there and this new Fiesta is set to be a really competitive car.”
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