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This car somehow seems like a wasted effort in its S1600 Kit Car version. Sure enough the Puma was obsolete as a road car model, so no point marketing it in S1600/JWRC rallying any more. And since the Puma was a coupé based on the Fiesta platform and there was an all new Fiesta model out, why not replace it with the Fiesta? But the question should rather be why replace the Puma at all in the S1600 category?!
The Puma was developped still at Ford's in-house motorsport base in Boreham, Essex. Curiously the Fiesta Kit Car was developped at M-Sport in Cumbria, but usually registered on Ford in Essex and run through Astra in Italy. But the Puma was long in its tooth, successes in the S1600/JWRC tumbled. Ford was one of the teams feeling S1600 kit cars were getting a bit expensive for a junior category.
Indeed a few works supported WRC starts with Jari-Matti Latvala aside, the Fiesta S1600 Kit Car stayed a rare sight. And Ford soon created a groupN version. And why not, after all in its new generation the Fiesta is a grown up model with a potent 2000cc ST version. Like Peugeot experienced with the 2000cc groupN 206 RC, this much, much cheaper 2000cc groupN Fiesta ST was as well not much slower than its S1600 kit car equivalent. The groupN Fiesta is even the better example, it soon became a very famous car in the JWRC while this Fiesta Kit Car here remained a rare sight.
Model & Evo. (Activity)
|Fiesta (Mk5) Kit Car (04-22)||215/9000||193/6500||3921.0.1430||950 (4.4)||FWD (2486)|
This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.
|36th.||2005 WRC Rallye Catalunya||J. Dale||A. Bargery||#67||[UNKNOWN]||0:00:00|
This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.
|Ret.||2005 WRC Rallye Catalunya||J. Dale||A. Bargery||#67||[UNKNOWN]||SS1 ?|
|Ret.||2005 WRC Tour de Corse||J. Dale||A. Bargery||#74||[UNKNOWN]||SS0 withdrawn before start|
|Ret.||2005 WRC Acropolis Rally||L. Athanassoulas||. UNKNOWN||#77||[UNKNOWN]||SS17 gearbox|
|Ret.||2004 WRC Rally of Turkey (Kemer)||J. Latvala||M. Anttila||#43||[UNKNOWN]||SS4 sump|
|Ret.||2004 WRC Acropolis Rally||J. Latvala||M. Anttila||#43||[UNKNOWN]||SS12 alternator|