I would bet a 5 cases of guiness in cans that to build a Fiesta similar to Petrow's (stock with basic rally stuff and the m-sport cage) would be $25K+ if you are starting from scratch: buy the cage kit at advertised price and pay to have someone m-sport approved to install the cage....It is a lot cheaper to build a car when you have seats, belts, intercom, odo, etc laying around from previous cars etc....
I'd love to see the R2 series take off here: Cool well built reliable and reasonably cheap to run cars, potential for great competition. Without competitors building or buying R2s and running though the series can't work.....as we saw in 2011! What will it take to get some folks into these cars? My guess is that the high price tag for cars and the uncertainty of the series taking off (here) is what has kept anyone (other than team O/ford connection) from building one to run in the US...
That said if someone is looking to plunk down 80K for a 2wd rally car to have a lot of smiles/mile in, the first car I would suggest is a R2 Fiesta!
see you at WV? bolt that skid plate on tight!
If only Ford bought all of the extra parts back from the R2 program. Seats, Airbags, trim, and wheel buybacks could shave a few $$$$ off of an R2.
Good drivers have dead flies on the side windows. - Walter Röhrl
I recently started a thread about the the Fiesta MS1. I haven't done much research regarding two lower spec Fiesta's in the US, but Ford has now obviously basically created a works R1 package. I'm sure that it will be slower than the R2, but it's also considerably cheaper.
I didn't get many responses in my thread, so maybe I will here. What does the rally community think? Would that be a possibility?
Jeremy . . . would you consider something like that? If so, why? If not, why?
$300ish a month with no money down, all taxes, fees and registration included gives you freedom to go buy a cage and have it installed and do the rest of the work yourself.
I will add in that from what i know the series is still under development and getting closer to being a settled deal than it was this year.
WE have quite a few cars in the mix right now that could be running in the FST...
That's 5 cars/drivers that are planning on running FST even if it is with an MS1 spec'd car. I am sure that more will start to surface before the start of next season and we might find ourselves with 5 R2 cars for the start of next season.
On how the car drove:
The car is amazing fun! never thought that i would be saying that about a 2wd car coming from being on the overall podium at events with our Impreza's the last 2 years. The car is so easy to drive, so predictable and just out right nasty when you put your foot to the floor and trust in your notes.
I can't imagine how the car will be with an full R2 kit on it after having so much fun in an MS1 spec'd car!!!
This Fiesta will become the next "GTi" for rally'ers in North America!
Ok, this MS1 thing is pretty cool though (I didn't realize there was a kit level below the R2); after further review of the sales document and brochure (which lists prices in pounds), this could definitely be the way to go. I might have to look at selling the STi and financing a base model Fiesta soon...
Blew up the clutch at PFR, back at it for Big White!
Here's a "basic" build price. I'm probably missing some stuff, so people can add to the list. Sure you can get more/less on each but it's a rough estimate:
$700 x 2 for seats (I think OMP is the cheapest at $700 a piece with head wings)
$400 for a pair of harnesses
$100 for extinguishers/triangles/first-aid kit
$300-$600 for underbody protection
$260 for a Peltor
$70 for a brake line limiter
$100 for misc fuel/brake lines
$100 for braided stainless lines
$400 for brake pads
$30 hood pins
$30 map light
$400 4x Hella lights.
So you're at ~$6000-$7000 in BASIC parts that you can add to any car. You'll still need to add a suspension to the mix, but you can look at spending anywhere from $1500 to $15,000+ for that. Don't forget wheels and tires.
So, as Jeremy said, you're looking at $10k and your base price on a Fiesta to be stage ready. $15k for the fiesta + tax/delivery and you're around $27k.
Billy Elliot Mann
1988 VW GTI - Sold!
1996 Civic - Build thread!
1992 Civic - Wife's rally car
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Or you could just get the MS1 kit that was engineered and put together by M-sport instead of having to find and piece everything together.
You can see the full price list and available options here: http://www.fiestams1.com/index.php/c...startdown/106/
MS1 kit comes with the following:
The Fiesta MS1 conversion kit compromises of Roll Cage Kit, Bonnet
& Boot Pin Kit, Exhaust Rear Silencer, Engine and Gearbox Mount
Support Kit, Sparco Steering Wheel and Fitting Kit, Uprated Brake
Pads, Braided Brake Pipe Kit, Uprated Damper Kit with Eibach
springs, front and rear. Basic Auxiliary wiring loom kit, Fuel
Ancillary Kit (Rollover Valve, Fuel Pipes and fittings), Interior Panel
Kit (Door panels and inner rear ¼ panels and fittings), Competition
Seats and 6pt Q/R Harness Kit, Plumbed In and Hand Held Fire
Extinguisher System, Spare Wheel Ratchet Strap Kit, Co-Driver
Footrest Kit, Protection Kit (Tank Guard & Fuel Filler Protection),
6mm Sumpguard Kit, 4 x OZ 6.5” x 15” Wheels.
All of that for 7500 GBP and you would only need First Aid Kit, Spill Kit, and tires to run.