Published on March 4th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Block Gets Manufacturer Support For his Focus RS in World Rallycross Championship

Ford will be supporting a pair of 2016 Ford Focus RS run by Hoonigan Racing Division in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. This was confirmed following a quick tease at the conclusion of Ken Block’s Gymkhana EIGHT video released last week. Block, of course, is the owner of Hoonigan Racing Division.

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The Focus RS build is a global collaboration between Ford Performance, Hoonigan Racing and U.K.-based M-Sport. Featuring all-wheel drive, a new EcoBoost engine producing 600 horsepower, and a 0-100km/h launch time of less than two seconds, Ford Focus RS Rallycross cars are optimised for competition.

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Mark Rushbrook, motorsports engineering manager, Ford Performance, says the intention has been to develop a Rallycross car that lives up to the RS badge.

“We’ve dedicated the same level of cutting-edge tools, technical resources and engineering know-how from our Le Mans GT and NASCAR programs, and working with M-Sport brings renowned expertise in rallycross and stage rally vehicle development,” said Rushbrook.

The Focus RS Rallycross cars will debut at the FIA World Rallycross event in Portugal, April 15-17, with Block and Bakkerud behind the wheel. The global 12-race series takes place in 11 countries on three continents.

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2016 Ford Focus RS Rallycross specification

Power: 600 hp

Engine: Ford Performance and M-Sport developed Ford EcoBoost 2L engine.  Garrett Turbocharger with 45mm restrictor.  Cosworth Electronics engine management.  Optimized rallycross intercooler and radiator package

Torque: 900Nm. Capable of 0-100km/h/2 secs

Transmission: Sadev 6-Speed sequential gearbox with adjustable, mechanical front and rear differentials.  Triple plate AP carbon clutch

Body: 2016 Ford Focus RS, seam welded and reinforced.  Homologated FIA-spec roll cage.  Custom body design by Ford Performance and M-Sport.  Bespoke underbody protection

Suspension: SLA-type suspension, both front and rear with 3-way adjustable Reiger dampers

Brakes: Brembo 4-pot callipers with 350mm rotors.  Sadev hydraulic handbrake system

Interior: Recaro Pro-Racer Ultima, FIA-8862 spec driver’s seat (only)

Wheels: 8” X 17” wheels to suit WRX tyre regulations

Tyres: WRX spec AVON race tyre

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