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febbraio 03, 2017 - Msport

WRC - Chasing success on sweden's snow-covered stages

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Chasing success on the snow-covered stages of #rally Sweden, M-Sport's Ecoboost-powered #ford Fiesta WRCs will take to the second round of the FIA World #rally Championship next week.
After securing victory at the opening round of the season, the team are quietly confident of challenging for another strong result. Having proved its performance, the Fiesta secured seven fastest stage times at Rallye Monte-Carlo, but the Cumbrian squad have not let the taste of champagne distract them from the job in hand.
Completing two separate five-day tests in the lead-up to the only snow #rally of the year, the team have worked on further improvements as well as developing the ideal set-up for Sweden's unique and challenging terrain.
Having historically performed well at the Scandinavian fixture, the Blue Oval's popularity is highlighted by M-Sport's range of #ford Fiesta #rally cars accounting for 50 percent of the entry.
Unique to the FIA World #rally Championship, #rally Sweden is the only true winter #event on the calendar. Let loose in their gravel specification, the #ford Fiesta WRCs will reach incredible speeds as studded tyres bite through the snow to capture grip on the hard ice below.
A traditional #rally Sweden can see temperatures as low as -20˚C and hard-packed snowbanks which allow the crews to guide their cars through corners at tremendous speed. In recent years however, milder conditions have provided further challenges.
The warmer conditions see compacted snow replaced by loose snowbanks and there is an ever-present risk of becoming ensnared in their icy grasp. If that weren't enough, tyre management is also key. On ice-covered stages, tungsten-tipped steel studs are a driver's best friend but, as the temperatures hover above zero, protruding gravel can rip them from the tyres which result in a substantial lack of traction.
This year, the service park moves north to Torsby with stages deep in the frozen forests of both Sweden and Norway. Almost 58 percent of the route has been revised compared to 2016 and includes a brand-new stage – Hof-Finnskog – which has never before been seen in competition.