Mar 14, 2012 update to the Ford Fiesta project car

Introducing our B-Spec Racer

We stopped in Mooresville, North Carolina on the way home, also known as Race City USA. A fitting place for a pit stop.
There was excitement before we even hit the road. Ford Racing has this incredible European Focus RS at their disposal, and boy did we want our grubby hands all over that.

We were driving down the road, fondling interior trim and thinking, “I can’t wait to tear you apart.”

We’ve been hot on the tails of this burgeoning B-Spec series ever since we first caught wind of it. Now it’s becoming a reality, and we’re getting involved. Both the SCCA and Grand-Am have announced their schedules for the small-car series.

Several automakers have jumped on board and made their own factory-backed cars. Kits for replicating the setup are available from a few of these manufacturers. But first, you have to get a car.

So, here’s ours. We recently took a little trip up to Ford Racing headquarters up in Dearborn, Michigan to pick up the least-exciting car in their lot. There it was, in rental-car gray, parked next to a neon-green not-US-legal Ford Focus RS, a V8-swapped first-generation Focus, and several Boss 302 Mustangs.

We hopped in and began our 1400-mile trek to GRM headquarters in Florida—without cruise control. We wished for cruise on the trip, but were sated by thinking about driving a future race car. We were driving down the road, fondling interior trim and thinking, “I can’t wait to tear you apart. You are outta here, A-pillar molding! I can’t wait to modify you and compare the dynamics.”

We’ve ended our cross-country journey, but only just begun exploring this new series. Follow along, and prepare yourself for hot hatch-on-hatch action.

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