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Before being available to purchase, Ford loaned out 100 Fiestas for the public to try out and talk about on social media. Now the Fiesta can be ordered from your local Ford dealer, and the program has stopped.
Ford however, has donated 43 of the 100 cars to the Team O'Neil Rally School, where gymkhana celebrity Ken Block learned to drive, for the new program called Ford Racing Fiesta Rally Experience.
The Ford Fiesta has officially replaced the Focus as the “production” model used in the World Rally Championship. The cars will be mostly stock, but fitted with all the safety equipment needed like a roll cage, rally suspension, and off-road tires. Though not the most exciting rally car, low power and front-wheel-drive will help beginners learn the basics like maintaining momentum through a turn.
The program’s prices start at $495 dollars for one- or two-day classes. Participants will travel to the New Hampshire and learn about vehicle dynamics in the classroom before letting loose on a skidpad. Other parts of the experience will include being driven around the school’s course by one of the instructors. More advanced students, for more money, will get to try their chops on a simulated rally course.