Ken Block to Debut Monster Fiesta at Rally America SNO*DRIFT

After earlier this week the livery of Ken Block's Rally America Championship 'Open Class' Ford Fiesta was unveiled, American manufacturer Ford announced today that the debut of the car/driver pair will take place at the Rally America SNO*DRIFT this weekend.

"I am very excited to finally be in the Fiesta,” said Ken Block. “The Fiesta is the car that beat me last summer at X Games. Ford has a great platform with the Fiesta, and I can’t wait to see what I can do in the Rally America championship and at the X Games later this year.”

“Ford has a long, winning tradition in European rally and with Ken Block and Fiesta, we’re bringing that to North America for fans to experience first hand,” said Jamie Alison, director, Ford North American Motorsports.

“There will be a little bit of rally in every Fiesta. It’s the right form of motorsports to showcase the driving dynamics of Fiesta. What people need to remember, as Ken races down the course this weekend, his car started off as a production vehicle. It is a true testament to the capability built into every Ford Fiesta.”

Back to the Fiesta and its livery (because, you know, enough said about Block), the car features the logo of the well-known Dirt2 video game, starring the very Ken Block. Alongside the obvious Monster logo on the car (with its black and green paint scheme), one can also notice an orange splash, near his competition number.

Underneath the livery, the Fiesta hides a 2.0l turbocharged engine, modified to the Open Class specification for Rally America. The engine can develop over 490 hp at 8,000 rp, despite the fact that the required turbo-inlet restrictor will only allow it to output 330 hp.

Block will enter seven rally events in North America in 2010, including the Summer X Games in August.
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