At Swift Go we love fast cars almost as much as we love motorhomes.

We love them so much, in fact, that we've got our very own rally car – super-fast and incredibly powerful.

And from this weekend you can see our Swift Go rally car racing through gravelly forest trails across the UK and Europe in the British Rally Championship (BRC 2018).

Driver Matt Edwards is aiming for the top prize after claiming a podium finish last year against all odds.

One of the UK's premier motorsports events, the British Rally Championship is the top-tier of British rallying. The BRC is contested over several rallies, taking in Ypres in Belgium and the Isle of Man.

Matt makes M-Sport debut

Matt, widely seen as one of the best young drivers around, will be going for gold behind the wheel of the brand new Swift M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5.

Having M-Sport on board is testament to Matt's improvement. A global motorsports brand, M-Sport operates on the stages and circuits of the world's most acclaimed motorsport series. To make the step up to a works-prepared M-Sport car is a pretty big deal.

What goes into a Fiesta R5 rally car? Find out more.

Gravelly forest racing

The 2018 BRC season finally gets under way with the Pirelli International Rally (28th April) after the first planned rally was cancelled.

The Pirelli takes in some of the north's most rugged landscapes, covering an 80-mile course that passes from Cumbria to Northumberland's dramatic Kielder Forest.

Matt can't wait to get started.

"I've driven these stages in different cars over the years, and I really enjoy them," he says.

"When behind the wheel, the 15-mile stretch of stage 2 has an amazing rhythm to it. There's only 1 chicane, so you can really get into your groove."

"Kielder is one of those places that has become somewhat legendary in rallying," says M-Sport BRC Manager, Scott Erskine.

"It's fast, and the drivers barely lift as they go flat-out through the gravel forests. We've seen the Fiesta go well there in the past, and Matt certainly has everything he needs to challenge for the podium and get his season off to a great start."

Can Matt be rally champion?

Matt is seen as one of British rallying's brightest talents.

He finished 3rd overall in his first-ever season in the BRC 2017 – a massive achievement.

So can he go one better this year? He certainly thinks so, and so do the experts.

"I think Matt impressed a lot of people last year, and it was fantastic to see the way he progressed throughout the season," says M-Sport managing director Malcom Wilson.

"On gravel and asphalt, he was right up there and I think he has the potential to challenge for the top results on every event this year."

Matt says: "I'm aiming to become British Rally Champion. But there's a fair bit of driving to do before that."

Follow the progress of Matt and Darren on Facebook @SwiftRallyTeam