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Lifting uphill on 800-strong hatchback Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

Company Ford has prepared for participation in legendary competitions on "to lifting on a hill" Pikes Peak 800-strong updating of hatchback Fiesta.

As informs American edition Motor Trend, the double world champion on rally Marcus Gronholm will operate the car, and participation of the car in these races is a part of marketing strategy on a conclusion of "Fiesta" to the market of the USA.

The car will participate in competitions in a class "Unlimited" in which power of the engine is not limited to regulations. Under a cowl of all-wheel drive racing updating Ford Fiesta the two-litre petrol engine of family Duratec developing, according to representatives of the American mark, "more than 800 horsepowers" "hides". The motor has undergone to what completions to receive such power — is not specified.

The former champion of the British rally-cross-country Mark Renninson acting on car Ford RS200, and the repeated winner "lifting on a hill" Nobuhiro Tajima become basic competitors Gronholms on Pikes Peak. It is necessary so to notice, that in 2007 Tajima on 1000-strong Suzuki XL7 became the world record-holder, having reached to mountain top for 10 minutes one second and 408 thousand seconds (an official world record).

Race Pikes Peak which is considered as one of the oldest automobile competitions in the USA, has taken place on July, 19th this year. The first "liftings on a hill" have taken place in 1916. The general extent of the route numbering 156 turns both on gravel, and on asphalt, makes more than 19 kilometres. Race begins at height of 2862 metres above sea level, and finish on 4300 metres.