Multiple World Rally Championship title winner Marcus Gronholm will take part in the annual Pike's Peaks International Hill Climb in July after the Olsberg Motor Sport Evolution team confirmed it will give the new Ford Fiesta its US racing debut in the event.

The team will field cars for Gronholm and team manager Andreas Eriksson in the event, with the aim being to try and break the ten minute barrier over the 12.4 mile course.

The racing debut of the Fiesta will come ahead of the official launch of the new Fiesta on American soil next year.

“We're pleased to have a top independent team like Olsbergs MSE coming to the U.S. with their Fiesta Rallycross cars to take on the challenge of Pike's Peak,” Brian Wolfe, director Ford North America Motorsports said. “This will be a great chance for enthusiasts here to see in this unique setting what a lot of the rest of the world is already talking about – that the Fiesta is a great road car and a great race car.”

After finishing second in the Swedish championship last year, Olsberg's MSE team debuted its new Fiesta Rallycross car for this season's Swedish and European Rallycross championships, and it scored its first victory in just its second European championship event in Portugal this past month.

The Olsbergs MSE Fiesta Rallycross car is based on the Fiesta hatchback model road cars. The all-wheel-drive Fiestas are powered by a 2.0-liter Duratec Ford engine capable of more than 800 horsepower.

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