BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers and co-drivers tasted a different mode of transport today as they took to the water onboard an America’s Cup racing yacht in New Zealand.
Mikko Hirvonen, Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila set sail in Auckland Harbour aboard the 1995 race-winning yacht, NZL40. After being taught the basics of how to sail by experienced yachtsmen from Emirates Team New Zealand, the Finns put their new-found skills to the test by winning a race against their FIA World Rally Championship rivals from Citroen. Continue reading Ford’s world rally stars make a splash in Auckland Harbour→
For rally drivers, New Zealand comes very close to rallying nirvana. The sweeping, rollercoaster roads and lush green scenery will look very familiar to anybody who has seen The Lord of the Rings, filmed entirely on location in New Zealand. There is a magical atmosphere to the whole country, and this year the rally returns to some of its best-known stages.
The rally is based in Auckland, home to about a third of New Zealand’s population, but uses remote service zones so that the drivers can cover plenty of ground during the event. New Zealand is famous for having a larger population of sheep than people, with just five million people distributed across a country that is approximately the same size as Italy, so there’s never a shortage of space. Continue reading Pirelli aims to go the distance in New Zealand→
Offering more excitement for World Rally Championship fans, the S2000 World Rally Championship is more than a mere supporter series. This is the future of the WRC!
Based on the technical regulations of the 2011 World Rally Championship, the S2000 World Rally Championship and the World Rally Championship Cup for Manufacturers has been greeted with overwhelming support and enthusiasm in at its launch at the recent WRC Rally Sweden. Continue reading WINDOW ON THE FUTURE OF WRC→
Ford’s FIA World Rally Championship runners-up, Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen, will drive the all-new Ford Fiesta S2000 rally car, in what will be its competitive debut, in the famous Monte Carlo Rally early next year.
The Finns will use the five-day rally as a key part of their preparation for the 2010 WRC, which starts in February, while showcasing the exciting Fiesta S2000 rally car for the first time in competition. The car has been developed by Ford’s rally partner, M-Sport, and made its first appearance as a safety car in November’s Rally of Scotland which, like the Monte Carlo Rally, is not part of the FIA World Rally Championship. Continue reading Mikko Hirvonen to drive all-new Ford Fiesta S2000 in Monte Carlo Rally→