Sunday 20th of January 2019

Team STARD has revealed that it will race new Ford Fiesta RX Supercars in the 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship, based on the Fiesta ST model.

STARD finished ninth in the World RX Drivers’ standings last year with Latvia’s Janis Baumanis, and is planning to run a second car in 2019 alongside the World RX of Canada Monster Energy Super Charge Award winner.

The new car will be 90% new and will make it’s World RX debut in the first round of the season at Abu Dhabi in April. “Our World Rallycross project started back in 2014, when we developed Ford Fiestas for the private ‘World RX Team Austria’ project. Since then we constantly improved the Ford Fiesta MK7s which quickly turned into one of the most successful customer car in World RX including a number of track and lap records back in 2016 World RX before the big works involvements,” said Michael Sakowicz, STARD CEO. “For 2019 we took the decision to develop a completely new car, which also gave us the chance to choose a new platform. Due to the FIA technical regulation, the base road car ́s specification has a significant influence on the race car development, so it is very important to make the right choice at the beginning. Based on our experience with the previous generation Fiesta, and a very careful investigation we believe that the latest Ford Fiesta ST is perfect base for a successful Rallycross Supercar.

Sakowicz is confident that the team can achieve top results with its new car in 2019. “Our current car’s concept is proven as are the technical partners we cooperate with. Our focus lies on improving every single piece of this system rather than changing it over completely. We will see how well our engineers have fulfilled this task at the first round, but at the moment the progress and results are very promising. Key developments we focused on are a completely new engine incl. turbocharger, bodyshell and rollcage, new damper technology, aerodynamic package and entire vehicle package. We tried to prioritise changes with an expected 100% gain factor instead of solutions with uncertain influence.”

STARD has also announced that it is receiving support from Ford Performance for its new 2019 Supercars. “We know quite well what benefits it has to run an entire vehicle development project with the manufacturer’s involvement as this was the case in 90% of our projects so far. The World RX project was one of few exceptions where we have been without support from a manufacturer,” said Sakowicz. “The support from Ford Performance definitely is a game changer for us. We can apply processes in the development and race activity and also support our customers in a way which is only possible if you are cooperating with the manufacturer. Therefore we have high expectations for our new car in the World RX environment. We are very thankful and happy about the new situation and I also see it as confirmation and reward for the team ́s hard work throughout the recent years.”

Read STARD's full release here.

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