Rally High: Ford Opens Silverstone Rally Academy

Prospective rally drivers in the UK will have a new institute of higher education in which to learn such skills as driving really fast on dirt and avoiding pine trees like the plague. Ford's RST Rally Academy at Silverstone has been set up (with BR Racing) to give kids as young as 10 an introduction to the motorsport, using special cars the company developed for that purpose. The RWD Ford Rally Sport Trainer (RST, pictured) is a left-hand-drive (represent!) two-seater with a tubular steel spaceframe strong enough to withstand inevitable rollovers and side impacts, and powered by a Ford 1.3-liter four banger. It's not GT4, but then again, the kids have to start somewhere.

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