In the form of eight weekly episodes, starting on September 30, the series: “Rebirth of an icon”, will cover every stage of the vehicle’s evolution, from official testing in the heat of Arizona and the cold conditions of the Arctic, to its design, through to the crash lab.
The series programme is as follows:
Episode 1: Project kick-off – Ken Block and group vice president for global product development and chief technical officer Raj Nair debate what the car should deliver, from behind the wheel of an early prototype.
Episode 2: Design and development – including crash testing.
Episode 3: Hitting the road – A 1,600-kilometre drive takes prototypes from high in the Rocky Mountains to the Arizona desert
Episode 4: Test-track trials – Ken heads for Ford’s top-secret test facility, and indulges in some “hooning”
Episode 5: Arctic extremes – Winter testing in Sweden.
Episode 6: Power struggle – It’s all about performance, as the Ford manufacturing plant in Saarlouis, Germany, gears up for production.
Episode 7: Close scrutiny – The day of the critical sign-off drive follows Ken’s headline appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Episode 8: Final chapter – Management review.
Check out the trailer to the series: