RE: Ford Focus WRC 03

RE: Ford Focus WRC 03

Thursday 27th March 2003

Ford Focus WRC 03

Testosterone rules!


It's a much more aggressive looking beast in comparison to the 2002 car, in fact it's 80% new, being the first product from Ford Rallye Sport's new technical director Christian Loriaux. As well as the in-yer-face styling changes, there's a new rear suspension system, improved weight distribution and new, lighter 2.0-litre turbocharged Duratec engine developed and built by Cosworth Racing.

Ford Rallye Sport and Ford’s mainstream engineering teams worked side by side on the project, which should see many of the developments making their way into road cars eventually.

"I’m genuinely excited by what the team has developed here and I think the car looks sensational," said Martin Whitaker, Ford's European director of motorsport. "Ford is at the forefront of rally technology with this car and I believe it takes the sport to a new, higher level."

Despite the extra bodywork, weight has been kept to a minimum and some areas have been strengthened including a more sturdy roll cage.

The Ford Focus RS WRC 03 will undergo the necessary parts inspections by the FIA later this week and is due to be officially homologated as a World Rally Car on April 1. Markko MΓ€rtin and co-driver Michael Park and Belgian teammates FranΓ§ois Duval and StΓ©phane PrΓ©vot will drive the new cars in 2003. The team’s third pairing of Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen will continue to drive a 2002-specification Focus WRC for the rest of the season.

Expect some spectacular rallying this year and also some pitiful immitations from the bolt-on-boys

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Alan420

Original Poster:

5,323 posts

214 months

Thursday 27th March 2003
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Well, it sure looks the part.

Comming soon to a MacDonalds car park near you...

8ball

91 posts

217 months

Thursday 27th March 2003
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They forgot the blue neon washers

laner

127 posts

211 months

Thursday 27th March 2003
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1.1 group 2 insurance

tuffer

8,648 posts

223 months

Thursday 27th March 2003
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Half of Essex has just wet its pants!!!

DennisTheMenace

15,596 posts

224 months

Thursday 27th March 2003
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A nova out there is missing part of its "novadose" bodykit

viperman

956 posts

221 months

Thursday 27th March 2003
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lol but on a serious note, that focus looks mean and im sure ford have worked socks of to get that cr done, and its gonna fly, i now think marko martain has a chance at WRC victory!

MoJocvh

16,837 posts

218 months

Friday 28th March 2003
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Oh dear, what have they done.......

Hope the technical improvements lead to more speed on the stages.