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Ford Fiesta R5
in numbers

In a nod to the number-spattered Citroen DS3 driven by Sebastien Loeb in France last year, M-Sport has revealed some figures of its own to commemorate the completion of its 50th R5 specification Fiesta.

Loeb's Rally de France car was a mathematician's dream

Launched midway through 2013, the Fiesta R5 has become one of M-Sport’s most successful models, with close to 70 orders placed. The Cumbrian-built cars have been shipped to customers in 21 countries and have claimed 27 class wins and ten outright victories.

M-Sport’s Fiesta was the first R5 to be homologated and, as rival models from Peugeot and Citroen have been a long time coming, it has become the weapon of choice in the World Rally Championship’s WRC2 class.

Category leader Yuriy Protasov drives one, as does the man in second, Lorenzo Bertelli. No fewer than 14 cars will line up for the start of Vodafone Rally de Portugal next month.

ESSENTIAL FIESTA R5 STATS

Fact Figure
Number of testing kilometres 5,431
Number of designers 10
Number of weeks in development 36
Number of development drivers 2
Number of shells completed 50
Man-hours to build one Ford Fiesta R5 400
WRC2 victories 4
WRC2 stage wins 92
WRC2 podium clean-sweeps 2
Number of days as the only R5 on the market 234

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