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    Only 5 being made - Ford Focus RS Lemans Edition

    I know many of us don't believe FWD is all that great (myself included) but this is pretty cool. To honor their Le Mans cars Ford is releasing only 5 of these Ford Focus RS cars with each one having a different paint job:

    Each of the five Focus RS Le Mans Classic vehicles will be finished in the colours of one of the Ford cars which made 24 Hours history for Ford. During the event itself, they will even carry the race number of the cars to which they’re paying tribute:
    * Black with silver stripes: a reference to the Ford Mk II, which was victorious in 1966.
    * Red with white stripes: recalling the Mk IV which won in 1967.
    * White with a thin blue centre stripe surrounded by a red border: echoing the decoration of the beautiful Ford Mk IIB, entered by Ford France in the 1967 Le Mans 24-hours.
    * Two-tone sky blue and orange: A modern take on the GT40s which dominated Le Mans in 1968 and 1969.
    * Two-tone white and blue: representing the livery of the Capri RS 2600 which took the Touring category in 1972.

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    The 5 cars to which the Ford Focus RS Le Mans Classic is paying tribute:

    The Ford Mk II (victorious in 1966): on the 18th of June 1966, Henry Ford II himself gave the starting signal for the 24th Le Mans 24 Hours. He let loose a pack of fifty-five vehicles led out by two of the eight Mk IIs entered by the manufacturer plus six GT40s, including one belonging to Ford France which was driven by Guy Ligier and the American Bob Grossman. The duel with Ferrari was at its peak for this “race of the century”. Unbeaten since 1960, the Italian marque was the queen of Le Mans. However, this time it was the Americans who dominated, pulling off a spectacular triple! For the first time ever, the 200km/h average speed barrier was broken at
    Le Mans.

    The Ford Mk IV (winner in 1967): Wanting revenge, Ferrari sent its formidable 330 P4s to challenge the Mk IVs in a face-to-face battle without mercy. However, it was all in vain. The unstoppable red, white-trimmed Mk IV, piloted by Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt, wiped the floor with Lodovico Scarfiotti and Mike Parkes’ P4. Unforgettable new pages in the history of motor sport were being written before everyone’s eyes. The epic tale of the Mk IIs and Mk IVs concluded with the spectacular distance (5,232.9 km) and average speed (218 km/h!) records set by Ford that year.

    The Ford GT40 (victorious in 1968 and 1969): Even though Ford as a manufacturer was not directly involved, John Wyer’s JWA team benefitted from Gulf Oil sponsorship and the blessing of Ford Dearborn. For their first outing in 1968, the GT40s faced some keen and challenging competition from Porsche and Alfa Romeo. Driven by Pedro Rodriguez and Lucien Bianchi, the GT40 clearly dominated the field ahead of a Porsche 907 and three Alfa Romeo 33/2s. This third consecutive Ford victory was the first for a genuine GT40.

    In 1969, competition was as intense and varied as ever: Porsche was in attendance with its 908s and its new 917s, Matra introduced its 630/650s and Ferrari was back again with its 312 Ps. Nevertheless, once again the GT40 beat them all, sweeping the boards at the end of an epic duel. Jacky Ickx raced across the finish line leaving the German Hans Hermann 120 metres behind and red faced at the wheel of his Porsche. The GT40 drove away with Ford’s fourth consecutive victory at Le Mans!

    Capri RS 2600 (1st in the Special Touring category in 1972): Tenth overall, the Capri RS 2600, driven by Gerry Birrel and Claude Bourgoignie, dominated its category during the 1972 Le Mans 24 Hours. Manufactured between 1969 and 1986, the Ford Capri enjoyed a great sporting career and was one of the great leaders of the European Touring Car Championships and the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. It also shone in the Production Cars Championship of France and the famous British Touring Car Championship. Many Formula 1 drivers distinguished themselves at the wheel of a Capri, including Jochen Mass, Hans Stuck and the Tyrrell Racing duo of Jackie Stewart and François Cevert during the 6 Hours of Paul Ricard Circuit organised in 1972. The rally version of the Capri also appeared in the colours of Ecurie Ford France with internationally renowned drivers such as Jean-François Piot, Guy Chasseuil, Jean Vinatier and Jean-Claude Gamet at the wheel.

    Ford Mk II Ecurie Ford France (1967): Jo Schlesser teamed up with his friend Guy Ligier on only one occasion at Le Mans. That was in 1967, in a magnificent white Ford Mk II powered by a seven litre V8 engine. An early track exit crushed their hopes in the 13th hour. However, driving the same car, they won the last ever 12 Hours of Reims, the other former great French endurance race. Jo Schlesser, a driver with an incredibly eclectic talent, was killed during the 1968 French Grand Prix. He was one of Ecurie Ford France’s most emblematic drivers, racing on track circuits, in rallies and in a famous hill climbing race of the time, the Mont-Ventoux.

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    Nice.
    However I thought these were AWD, not FWD...

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by GT3 Click here to enlarge
    Nice.
    However I thought these were AWD, not FWD...
    Nope, all FWD.

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    I saw this on Saturday at Mid-Ohio race track.

    Pretty cool.

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    Whoa! Who the hell has a Ford Focus RS in the US? Is that Ford's own car? Manufacturer plate so it must be.

    How did you like it in person?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Whoa! Who the hell has a Ford Focus RS in the US? Is that Ford's own car? Manufacturer plate so it must be.

    How did you like it in person?
    My thoughts exactly!?? When did it even hit the shelves? It hasn't to my knowledge...

    If that is the production model, it is going to be selling like the G35 Coupes! (granted the interior isn't of $#@! quality and no mechanical defects immediately reported)

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DarkPhantom Click here to enlarge
    My thoughts exactly!?? When did it even hit the shelves? It hasn't to my knowledge...

    If that is the production model, it is going to be selling like the G35 Coupes! (granted the interior isn't of $#@! quality and no mechanical defects immediately reported)
    It already is for sale and sold out I believe. We won't get it here Click here to enlarge

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    Don't understand why they wouldn't offer that in the US. Seems like it would sell.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Stahlgrau Click here to enlarge
    Don't understand why they wouldn't offer that in the US. Seems like it would sell.
    The SVT focus didn't too well but it wasn't an RS. For some reason the Europeans only have gotten the Focus RS as supposedly they are more appreciative of hot hatchbacks than we are.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Stahlgrau Click here to enlarge
    Don't understand why they wouldn't offer that in the US. Seems like it would sell.
    Exactly. I wonder if the motors in the RS's are made by Ford or cosworth.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by GG///M3 Click here to enlarge
    Exactly. I wonder if the motors in the RS's are made by Ford or cosworth.
    I don't think so as it is based on the Volvo 5 cylinder in the S60R.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    I don't think so as it is based on the Volvo 5 cylinder in the S60R.
    Interesting. I wonder is volvo makes the motor, or if they sub it out?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by GG///M3 Click here to enlarge
    Interesting. I wonder is volvo makes the motor, or if they sub it out?
    I'll see what I can find but I don't think Cosworth had a hand in this one like they did with the previous Escort:

    Although the new RS is based on the recently revised Focus ST, Jost Capito, Ford Europe’s Director for Performance Vehicles, and his team, performed many mods to the car, starting with the 2.5-litre 5-cylinder turbocharged engine.

    Revisions include unique camshafts, a revised cylinder head and gasket and new intake and exhaust manifold system. According to Ford's engineers, the improved 2.5 Turbo is targeting a power output of 300PS and over 410Nm of torque (ST: 225Hp).

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    nice info Sticky
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Whoa! Who the hell has a Ford Focus RS in the US? Is that Ford's own car? Manufacturer plate so it must be.

    How did you like it in person?
    The car looked fantastic in person. It sure did surprise me walking through the paddock to see a RS.

    Not sure how it was there, I didn't see anyone to ask the story behind it.

    It wasn't on display, just parked on the side of the Ford racing paddock area.

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