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The new B-Spec class was created to help give motorsports enthusiasts an affordable place to race their compact cars from automakers like Honda, Mazda, Kia, and Ford. The B-Spec class gives enthusiasts the chance to compete in SCCA and Grand-Am racing with less financial commitment.
Ford is helping make it even easier to become competitive in B-Spec class racing by offering an upgrade kit for existing 2011-2012 Fiestas. The Fiesta B-Spec parts being offered by Ford Racing include a set of coilovers, an air conditioning delete kit, a front tow hook, a K&N air filter, B-Spec ABS module, stainless brake lines, and a short throw shifter.
Unfortunately, the kit isn’t all that’s required to safely race in the B-Spec class. Fiesta owners will also have to be up-to-date with a roll cage, racing seats, and all the necessary safety equipment.
The company says that the full build cost for a race-ready B-Spec Fiesta is approximately $25,000, including the donor car and the Ford Racing B-Spec parts.
The first SCCA / World Challenge pro B-Spec event will be at Miller Motorsports Park on April 27th to the 29th. The first Grand-Am B-Spec pro event is the same weekend but at Homestead-Miami Speedway during the Grand-Prix of Miami weekend.
GALLERY: 2012 Ford Fiesta B-Spec
The Ford Fiesta B-Spec is intended to be Ford’s offering for the newly created B-Spec racing class, which allows racers a (relatively) affordable way to go road racing in production cars.
Based on the same Fiesta available to consumers, the B-Spec cars have their interiors gutted to make way for a rollcage, a bucket seat, race harness and ballast, designed to keep weight levels even among the various cars. Engine work is minimal and rules are still in flux, but certain vehicles will have restrictors fitted to the intake – no word yet if the Fiesta will be subject to this handicap.
Tires and suspension will also be subject to the same strict regulations, but again, rules are still being worked out. Ford is evidently behind the program in a big way, and we’re looking forward to a full field when racing gets under way in 2012.
Gallery: Ford Fiesta B-Spec
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