The old adage "race on Sunday, sell on Monday" apparently still holds water among US automakers. Ford announced this week the company's Fiesta subcompact will make its US motorsport debut at the punishing Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb this July. The company is apparently cultivating a high-performance image for its economy-minded Fiesta subcompact, which is set for a market launch in the US by 2010.
In "Triple Caution! Loose Surface! Flying Finish!" (October 2003), Preston Lerner explores the thrills, dangers, and cool auto tech of rally racing, America's fastest-growing motor sport. There's no shortage of sites dedicated to rallying, but the following Web guide should at least get you started.
World Rally Championship events, photos, rankings, results:
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.