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For Adventure month, I traveled to New Hampshire with the Fiesta ST to attend the Team O’Neil Rally School and Car Control Center. I took the 1-day “Fiesta Experience” and learned the basics of left foot braking and car control using the original Fiesta Movement cars. The 2009 European Fiestas were modified with a skid plate, carpet removed for cleaning, 2-point roll bar installed with 4-point harnesses, Bilstein HD shocks/struts, and snow tires. There were also some “special” modifications done to the computer to remove the throttle cut-off when the brake is applied, plus the ESC, TC, and ABS have been disabled. The result is the perfect car to learn the fundamentals of driving a rally car. The school starts with classroom instruction, and then moves to the skidpad. Each driving lesson is preceded by a classroom lesson and then is shown with an instructor driving. There were 11 students and 6 instructors rotating between 6 different Fiestas. At the end of the day, we got a tour of one of the Fiesta R2 rally cars and lessons in car set-up for running on gravel. The rest of the students headed home after school, but I stuck around to do something unique. Check out the video to see it!



Trip to the Team O'Neil Rally School by Bryan Redeker BRGT350, on Flickr

What happens if you let Tim O’Neil borrow your ST while you are in class

Trip to the Team O'Neil Rally School by Bryan Redeker BRGT350, on Flickr


Trip to the Team O'Neil Rally School by Bryan Redeker BRGT350, on Flickr


Trip to the Team O'Neil Rally School by Bryan Redeker BRGT350, on Flickr


Team ONeil Rally School 061 by Bryan Redeker BRGT350, on Flickr


Team ONeil Rally School 100 by Bryan Redeker BRGT350, on Flickr


Team ONeil Rally School 134 by Bryan Redeker BRGT350, on Flickr


Team ONeil Rally School 152 by Bryan Redeker BRGT350, on Flickr


Team ONeil Rally School 167 by Bryan Redeker BRGT350, on Flickr


Team ONeil Rally School 163 by Bryan Redeker BRGT350, on Flickr

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I am really glad you had a chance to go to Rally school and have some bonding time with Verena. I have such mad props for her to do this as a living. It's crazy scary sometimes but she just throttles it.
 

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For Adventure month, I traveled to New Hampshire with the Fiesta ST to attend the Team O’Neil Rally School and Car Control Center.
Haven't been to New Hampshire for 33 years. I need to vacation there soon...gotta hike up Mt. Washington (and drive it too) and try the Team O’Neil Rally School.
 

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Yes, you need to get out there and attend the rally school! I had a blast learning how to control a Fiesta on loose surfaces.


Verena is a very talented driver. I am 100% impressed with her ability and what she can do with her Fiesta. I have been waiting since 2009 to get a ride in a rally Fiesta, and I finally got my chance last month. :)
 

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Is that girl's car a sequential shifter?
No, Verena uses the IB5 from a production Fiesta. It has been swapped out for the better European version with a different final drive gear. Besides the safety equipment, her car isn't much different than a regular Fiesta. It was recently upgraded with different camshafts. Prior to that, it was around 130-135hp. The car is somewhere between an R1 and R2 in terms of preparation. She bought the car new and did a lot of the work herself when she got started. The fact she can compete and do well against R2's shows what a fantastic driver she is. Also shows what you can do with a mildly modded Fiesta.
 
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