Video: 700 HP, Evo-Powered Ford Fiesta Rallycar Goes Hillclimbing

Marek Rybníček is a racing legend in the Czech Republic. Some might remember the wild, carbon-clad Mitsubishi Eclipse which he used to win the Czech Hillclimb Championship in 2011 and 2012. The 650-horsepower spat out by the 4G63 motor was always enough for the purpose of hillclimbing, but one got the impression the chassis might not have done the powerplant justice.

The audacious bodywork complements the raucous powerplant.

Fast forward a few years, and Rybníček placed the 4G63—with fifty more horsepower—in a spaceframed car draped in Ford Fiesta WRC bodywork. Not only does the rigidity of the chassis make better use of the power available, but the aggressive bodywork, decorated by an exposed front-mount intercooler and Enkei RPF1, wheels are much nicer to look at than the old Eclipse. The combination of parts is strange but head-turning, as so is the packaging.

Weighing in at just 2,100 pounds, the car is supremely agile, and thanks to all-wheel drive, the 700 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque fire this car down the tarmac at a frightening pace—without any wheelspin. The onboard footage demonstrates that acceleration, but also the nervousness of the car under braking. Thanks to a short wheelbase and rally DNA, the car has a tendency to rotate, which is an asset in the skilled hands of the Czech driver.

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At the Rechberg Hillclimb, this cleanly driven car finished second among the Touring Cars; confirming this AWD machine as among the fastest on European hillclimbs. Watching the fireworks on display here, it’s not surprising he’s as successful as he is.

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Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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