The first version of the car was built in 1999 to replace the Escort WRC. It debuted in the Monte Carlo Rally and was immediately on the pace, setting many fastest stage times, but the use of an illegal water pump meant that the two cars were excluded from the event. The wait for a win did not take long though, as this came just two events later on the Safari Rally, finishing over 15 minutes ahead of the second placed Toyota of Didier Auriol.
The Focus was powered by a transversally mounted engine, which surprisingly had the gearbox mounted longitudinally. This arrangement has pros and cons, the biggest difficulty to overcome was how to turn the rotation from the engine through 90 degrees without detriment to reliability. This responsibility fell on renowned gearbox manufacturer Xtrac who designed a system using a complex series of gears and shafts to achieve the feat. The benefits of having this layout though was the near perfect weight distribution of 52/48 front to rear.with the front of the car accounting for 52% and the rear for 48%. In addition with having the gearbox mounted this way it could be changed quickly and easily during a service, without having to remove the left front strut as you would in a road car.
This is a genuine works Ford Focus WRC car that has seen action in a number of WRC events
Is an original works Ford Focus WRC car built by M-Sport in Cumbria in 2000, whose debut event was Rally Cyprus in 2001 in the hands the late Colin McRae.
Year Event Driver Result 2001 Cyprus Rally Colin McRae 1st 2001 Rally Finland Colin McRae 2nd 2001 Rally Australia Colin McRae 5th 2002 Monte Carlo Rally Markko Märtin 12th 2002 Tour de Corse Markko Märtin 2002 Catalunya Rally Markko Märtin 8th 2002 Acropolis Rally Colin McRae 1st 2002 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2002 Punchestown Rallysprint Colin McRae 2003 Ulster Rally Jari-Matti Latvala 4th 2003 Tempest Rally Jari-Matti Latvala 1st 2003 Rally GB Jari-Matti Latvala 10th 2004 Malcolm Wilson Rally Matthew Wilson 81st 2004 Rally of Turkey Serkan Yacizi 9th 2005 Pirelli Turkey Rally Nejat Avci1st
Engine : four-cylinder, 2ltr, in-line, transversally mounted in the front of the car, twin overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, 300+ bhp
Induction : Fuel Injected, Turbocharged