Ford announces factory World Rallycross team

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Ford Performance has confirmed that in conjunction with Ken Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division team, it will field two factory-supported 2016 Ford Focus RS race cars in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

The Focus RS build is a global collaboration between Ford Performance, Block’s Hoonigan Racing and U.K.-based M-Sport. The car features all-wheel drive, a new EcoBoost engine producing 600 horsepower, and a 0-60-mph launch time of less than two seconds.

Mark Rushbrook, motorsports engineering manager, Ford Performance, says the intention has been to develop a Rallycross car that lives up to the RS badge.

“We’ve dedicated the same level of cutting-edge tools, technical resources and engineering know-how from our Le Mans GT and NASCAR programs, and working with M-Sport brings renowned expertise in rallycross and stage rally vehicle development,” said Rushbrook. “Ken, Andreas Bakkerud and Hoonigan Racing give us insight from the competition and driver perspectives. Our three organizations have a great working relationship, and we’re all looking forward to seeing the Focus RS in action.”

“Working closely with our colleagues at Ford Performance and Hoonigan Racing Division, a huge amount of work has gone into this project,” explained Malcolm Wilson, OBE, managing director for M-Sport. “It’s been an extremely exciting, rewarding venture – one we hope yields considerable success. I’m confident we have a winning formula for the season ahead.”

The FIA World Rallycross Championship begins in Portugal, April 15-17.

2016 FORD FOCUS RS RALLYCROSS SPECS

Power: 600 hp

Torque: 900NM. Capable of 0-60 mph/2 secs.

Body: 2016 Ford Focus RS, seam welded and reinforced. Homologated FIA-spec roll cage. Custom body design by Ford Performance and M-Sport. Bespoke underbody protection.

Engine: Ford Performance and M-Sport developed Ford EcoBoost 2L engine. Garrett Turbocharger with 45mm restrictor. Cosworth Electronics engine management. Optimized rallycross intercooler and radiator package.

Transmission: Sadev 6-Speed sequential gearbox with adjustable, mechanical front and rear differentials. Triple plate AP carbon clutch.

Suspension: SLA-type suspension, both front and rear with 3-way adjustable Reiger dampers.

Brakes: Brembo 4-pot calipers with 350mm rotors. Sadev Hydraulic handbrake system.

Interior: Recaro Pro-Racer Ultima, FIA-8862 spec driver’s seat (only).

Wheels: 8″ X 17″ wheels to suit WRX tire regulations.

Tires: WRX spec Cooper Tires race tire.

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