The Ford Fiesta R1 started life as a showroom model Fiesta Zetec. This standard road car was heavily modified by the tech wizards at M-Sport – one of the world’s premier motorsport companies – to turn it into the 126bhp R1, a genuinely impressive and safety-compliant rally car.
The R1 – so called because it conforms to R1 race specification – has been modified with personal safety and underbody protection. It includes a welded steel roll cage and highly specialised competition brake pads, but uses a standard production engine and transmission components.
Racing in British Junior Rally Champion Gus Greensmith’s own R1, Idris competes in a number of stages of the hugely challenging 1,500-mile Circuit of Ireland Rally.
First held in 1931, it’s the third-oldest rally competition in the world and held predominantly on paved public roads closed to other traffic during the rally stages.
Idris takes on this world-famous rally circuit, going up against international rally racers and pushing himself and his machine to the limits. Don’t miss the action – make sure you tune in to see how he gets on!
|Engine||1.6 Zetec 16v (1,598cc) Ti-VCT, four cylinders in-line, DOHC 16v|
|Power||130 bhp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Torque||152Nm @ 4,050 rpm|
|Transmission||Five-speed standard ‘H’ pattern IB5 gearbox|
|Suspension||Bilstein damper kit including uprated fixed-rate dampers with Eibach springs|
|Brakes||Front: 258 x 23mm standard ventilated discs with single sliding piston calipers | Rear: Standard drum brakes|
|Wheels||Gravel: OZ 6.5” x 15” Asphalt: OZ 6.5” x 16”|
|Bodyshell||Welded T45 steel multipoint roll cage; optimised seat position and integrated dash bar|
|Dimensions||Length: 3,953mm Width: 1,722mm Height: 1,481mm Wheelbase: 2,490mm|