NZ’s first Fiesta R2 to debut at Rally New Zealand
- 14th June 2012, 9:57am
With a challenging and fast-paced build underway, the team hope to have it ready to launch into competition for the last round of the 2012 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship Powered by Brother in Gisborne on 25-26 August.
The NZ first has been backed by NZRC Chairman Peter Johnston who is keen to see this exciting development in the 2WD category of the national championship. “It’s been a long time coming, and it’s an expensive build for any team to take on but we’re very excited for Josh and Marston Rallysport. We know it will change the face of the championship and we’re hopeful Josh will pick up a lot of support for what is actually Australasia’s, not just New Zealand’s first R2” says Johnston.
The R2 kit is based on Ford’s Fiesta model, only completely stripped of its factory componentry and re-engineered with a world-class, top of the range package from global rally giant, European based M-Sport. Setting the R2 ahead of its class will be the inclusion, and performance boosting power of a custom programmed ECU equipped for its five-speed LSD sequential gearbox, upgraded suspension, E85 fueling system and more.
“We’re fizzing to get the R2 into the championship, fingers crossed it will spark the attention it deserves and support we need to make this a sustainable rallying venture in New Zealand. It’s extremely exciting for the competition, the 2WD class and New Zealand rallying as a whole, not to mention the team and supporters who have been behind the project with us” says Marston.
“We’re expecting big gains in our stage times across the championship” says Marston. “Driving it will be an experience out of this world. We’re interested to see how the engineered changes in handling and power stacks up against the 4WD times. It will be spectacular to watch in action and we’re quietly confident we’ve got a winner on our hands.”
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