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Ford Focus WRC
Information about Ford Focus WRCThe Ford Focus RS WRC is a car built for the BP Ford World Rally Team by Malcolm Wilson's M-Sport and based on the Ford Focus Climate 2 litre production hatchback, developed to compete in the World Rally Championship. The RS stands for Rallye Sport and the WRC for World Rally Car, the car's FIA specification.
Like all contemporary World Rally Cars, the car is heavily modified from the production version, with which it shares only the basic shape and some parts of the bodyshell. The car features four wheel drive, rather than the front wheel drive of the road car. The engine used in the 2007 (10 years ago) Focus WRC is based on Ford's 2.0 Litre Duratec from other models in the Focus range as rallying rules do not permit the standard 2.5 Litre engine of the Focus ST. As with most rally cars, the 2.0 Litre engine is heavily modified and performance was increased using a turbocharger.
HistoryThe first version of the car was built in 1999 (18 years ago) to replace the Ford Escort WRC. It debuted in the Monte Carlo Rally with Colin McRae and Simon Jean-Joseph behind the wheels of the two cars. It was immediately on the pace, setting many fastest stage times, but the use of an illegal water pump meant that the two cars were excluded from the event. McRae gave the Focus its first win two events later on the Safari Rally Kenya finishing over 15 minutes ahead of the second placed Toyota of Didier Auriol.
In 2003 (14 years ago), Ford released a newly designed Focus WRC, named Focus RS WRC 03, for competition during the second part of the season. The car, with most parts redesigned from the ground up, featured a lighter body shell and a new aerodynamically enhanced front bumper and wing. Markko Märtin drove the car to two world rally victories. The 2004 (13 years ago) and 2005 (12 years ago) Focus WRCs were evolutions based on the RS WRC 03. The Focus RS WRC 04 won three events with Märtin at the wheel. By 2005 (12 years ago), the car was no longer very competitive and Ford had a winless season.
From the last rally of the 2005 (12 years ago) season, Ford campaigned a brand new model, the Focus RS WRC 06, following the launch of the new road-going version of the car. The engine chosen for this Focus was a Duratec motor developed by the French engine specialist Pipo Moteur. The car took twelve world rally wins, starting with the 2006 (11 years ago) season opener Monte Carlo Rally in the hands of Marcus Grönholm.
The Focus RS WRC 07 is based on the 2006 (11 years ago) model, and according to Ford's technical director Christian Loriaux "the changes on the new car are mainly to save weight and to improve efficiency, driveability and performance at the bottom end of the range." The car debuted very successfully at the 2007 (10 years ago) Rally Finland as Ford's Finns Grönholm and Mikko Hirvonen took a double win. It later made history at the 2008 (9 years ago) Swedish Rally when Jari-Matti Latvala used the car to become youngest-ever driver to win a world rally.
Khalid al-Qassimi driving an RS WRC 08 in Rallye de France.The Focus RS WRC 08 is based on the 2007 (10 years ago) model, Ford Focus WRC 08 seen here for the first time with its new front aero design at the Rallye Deutschland 2008 (9 years ago) Shakedown. This is the first time Hirvonen and Latvala have driven the 08 car with the new front styling.
The 2008 (9 years ago) version of the Focus RS WRC includes design style changes as well as engine improvements. Style changes to the grill area reflect the looks of the recently previewed Focus RS Mk II road sport car.
The rally car Focus RS WRC won four times in 2008 (9 years ago) and has 36 WRC victories to its credit since the original model debuted in 1999 (18 years ago).
The 2009 (8 years ago) actual version of the Focus RS WRC includes small design style changes. Style changes to the lights frame and rear bumper the looks more of the such as Focus RS Mk II 2009 (8 years ago) road sport car.
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