Ford’s RS competition legacy continues for a new generation of motorsports fans. For more than 50 years, Ford Performance‘s Rallye Sport badge has been reserved for racing and production vehicles that push the limits of performance and innovation. Known for aggressive design and pioneering technology, Ford vehicles wearing the RS badge have seen success for decades in stage rally series including FIA World Rally Championship with drivers like Björn Waldegård, Marcus Grönholm, Mikko Hirvonen and Colin McRae.
“RS is a worldwide brand with a rich heritage that motorsports enthusiasts know and love,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “Our RS badge has a natural connection to racing, and we have a passionate, dedicated team on the project. We’re excited to honor the history of Rallye Sport by pushing every aspect of performance and design to the limit. The Focus RS build is a global collaboration between Ford Performance, Block’s Hoonigan Racing and U.K.-based M-Sport. Featuring all-wheel drive, a new EcoBoost engine producing 600 horsepower, and a 0-60-mph launch time of less than two seconds, Ford Focus RS Rallycross cars are optimized for competition.”
The engine is a 2.0-liter EcoBoost with a robust 600hp and 664 pound-feet of torque, and it uses a six-speed sequential gearbox. Ken Block and his Hoonigan Racing Division team will use their close relationship with Ford to enter two examples of the new Ford Focus RS Rallycross into the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship.
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