ERC - New R5 challengers continue to make progress

Two of the new-generation R5 cars earmarked for the FIA European Rally Championship later this season have been put through their paces.

ERC - New R5 challengers continue to make progress

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The M-Sport 2013 Ford Fiesta WRC car

Peugeot Sport took its 208 Type R5 to southern France for four days of running with M-Sport heading to its private test facility close to its base in northwest England to continue the development of its Ford Fiesta R5.

Afterwards, bosses from both firms were pleased with the progress made so far.

Alexis Avril, technical manager of Peugeot Sport, said: “Despite the changeable weather, we covered a high number of kilometres and we have already started to explore different technical solutions.”

M-Sport managing director Malcolm Wilson added: “The initial tests have been very promising indeed. We still have a lot of work to do before the car is ready for its competitive debut, but at the moment the project is looking good.”

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