Ken Block's new Rally America Championship car has been shown off for the first time
27 January 2010

The striking livery of Ken Block’s new Ford Fiesta rally car has been revealed.

Block will compete in the Monster-backed car in the Rally America Championship, which starts in Michigan on 29 January, and the 2010 X Games.

See the pics of the new Ford Fiesta rally car

The American will also be competing in selected rounds of the WRC this season in a Ford Focus before entering for a full season in 2011.

Block is famous in America for his Gymkhana exploits in his Subaru Impreza WRX STi, but this is the first season in which he will be competing for Ford.

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Fiestas sold in Europe are ostensibly the same as those sold in America and Asia

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27 January 2010

Looks really cool, but why the 5 door version? The seats are further back, so surely the longer doors on the 3dr model would be better for safety/access etc.

27 January 2010

I think it's for better weight distribution and the five door shell will be stronger.

Peter Cavellini.

27 January 2010

[quote Peter Cavellini]I think it's for better weight distribution and the five door shell will be stronger.[/quote]

Normally a 3 door shell is stronger - having an extra aperture in the side of the structure weakens it (and restricts where you can stiffen it up).

27 January 2010

[quote Peter Cavellini]I think it's for better weight distribution and the five door shell will be stronger.[/quote]

I think it's the Championship regs - it has to be based on a car available for sale in the US - and the fiesta will be sold there as a four & five door only.

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Our Verdict

Ford Fiesta
Fiestas sold in Europe are ostensibly the same as those sold in America and Asia

The seventh-generation Ford Fiesta is the UK's best selling car, helped by frugal engines, handling verve and a big car feel

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