Anyone who has seen the new Ford Focus RS is undoubtedly ready to head over to the local Ford dealer in West Valley City, Utah and take one out for a test drive. At Henry Day Ford, we are big fans of the Ford Focus — but this isn’t just a family car.
Ford Performance has joined with Ken Block’s Hoonigan Racing and M-Sport, a speed shop based in the United Kingdom, to create a Rallycross racecar based on the Ford Focus RS.
Block introduced the car with a short cameo in a Gymkhana video in early May. Block later announced that two of the rally cars would compete in the 2016 Global Rallycross season, in events hosted in Utah and other major cities around the United States as well as the 2016 FIA World Rallycross season.
Rallycross is a new form of racing, aptly named for its blending of rally racing and supercross racing. A typical race features up to 10 cars competing in a high-speed race over jumps. Rallycross courses are a combination of dirt and asphalt, requiring cars to be able to handle on-road and off-road conditions.
The Ford Focus RS-based rally cars feature all-wheel drive and 2.0-liter, 600-hp EcoBoost engines with 664 pound-feet of torque. The engines use six-speed sequential gearboxes. All of that adds up to nearly twice the horsepower of the standard Ford Focus RS. This engine makes the car capable of reaching speeds of 60 mph in just under two seconds.
The standard Ford Focus RS available at your Utah Ford dealer showcases a “drift mode,” but with features like these and professional drivers, the Focus RS racecars won’t be needing one.
The FIA World Rallycross season began April 15–17 in Portugal and will continue through November. Global Rallycross continues its season through October. Even if you can’t tune in to see the Ford Focus RS-based car take on competitors, you can check out the Ford Focus RS at your local Ford dealer.