600 HP Ford Focus RS confirmed for 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship

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The Ford Focus RS has been confirmed to make it’s competition debut  as Ford’s entry into the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship. The World Rally Championship car will be based on the all new 2016 Ford Focus RS, featuring Ford Performance’s advanced torque vectoring all-wheel drive system.

Tony Chappell

Tony Chappell piloting his 1968 Championship Winning Ford Escort

The Focus RS build has come about a s a combined effort between Ford Performance, Ken Block’s Hoonigan Racing and UK based M-Sport. An all new EcoBoost Engine producing 600 horsepower through the all wheel drive system get the Ford Focus RS World Rallycross car from a standing to start to 60mph in under 2 seconds!

Ford are synonymous with Rally cross, Brian Mella took his Lotus Cortina to a 2nd place the first ever televised event held at Lydden Hill in 1967. The event was such a success the BBC soon adopted the rallycross format and the sports future was assured. The first British Rallycross championship was won in 1968 by Tony Chappell in his factory prepared Ford Escort Twin Cam.

The Focus RS rallycross cars will debut in Portugal at the round 1 of the FIA Workd Rally cross series.