The Ford Fiesta is just months from hitting dealer showrooms, but the Blue Oval isn’t showing any hints of slowing down the marketing blitz behind the sub compact. After hitting Pikes Peak and the X-games with vicious, turbocharged Fiestas, Ford usurped renowned rally racer Ken Block from Subaru. But what will Mr. Block race in the World Rally Championship?

A Fiesta, of course. Ford teamed up with M-Sport to officially unveil the Fiesta S 2000, a rally car that will be eligible to compete in races across the world.

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Unlike other incantations of the Fiesta (like the 800 horsepower monsters that tackled Pikes Peak), this little bugger will be running naturally aspirated. That’s right, no forced induction of any kind. The engine is a 2.0 liter Duratec four banger hooked up to a six-speed sequential transmission with an AP clutch, diverting power to the all-wheel drive system. How much power is a naturally aspirated four cylinder engine good for? In the Fiesta’s case, 280 horsepower and a 192 ft-lbs of torque with an 8,000 RPM red line. Not bad, not bad at all.

The Fiesta S 2000 follows in the proud history of Ford’s rally racing career, which often saw other low-end cars like the Escort tackling some of the world’s toughest tracks. The Fiesta is also the Blue Oval’s first World Rally car; essentially, many of the other cars had to be built or tuned for specific races, but this Fiesta is ready to go for most anything. The Fiesta S 2000 is set to debut in January of 2010, and if history is any indicator, Ford can look forward to adding quite a few trophies to its mantel.

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