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 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