Project RX – Beyond Ford Focus RS
The all-new Ford Focus RS is barely delivered to it’s customers, yet there are hundreds and thousands of video all over the internet praising the ‘hot-hatch’ in Nitrous Blue! in UK alone the estimated deliver time is approximately 1 year. Come to think of it it’s only a reverse-homologated version of the mass-produced Ford Focus.
Seems like there’s no rest-time for the Ford Performance engineers. as Ford is now upping the game with the RX badge. In comes M-Sport, exclusively appointed by Ford Motor Company as long-term development partners for rally and rallycross products based on Focus and Fiesta models.
Ford vehicles wearing the RS badge have had winning participation in rally for decades. Because the RS badge is reserved for vehicles that display the highest level of Ford Performance technology, automotive enthusiasts have been incredibly excited about the latest version of the Ford Focus RS. Their unbridled passion, in addition to the vehicle’s global release, made 2016 the perfect year for the program’s debut to a new generation of motorsports fans.
The Ford Focus RS RX vehicle development and designed by Ford Performance’s factory program to be the ultimate rallycross vehicle in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Collaborating with UK-based M-Sport and Hoonigan Racing Division, Ford Performance engineers implemented the same high-tech instruments and procedures used on production vehicles to develop the Focus RS RX for competition.
The first of a four-part documentary, episode one of “Project RX” highlights the design and development of the vehicle between Ford Performance headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, and the M-Sport race shop in Cockermouth, England.
And then the Hoonigan & the Ken Block
Hoonigan Racing Division drivers Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud played a critical role in the development of the vehicle, providing insight from the driver’s perspective to be implemented in the build.
Rallycross is a sport that requires the best…it requires you to perform at levels that are world class. We’re going to use this to prove our technologies and capabilities. The partnership [with M-Sport] is unlike anything we’ve done in the past, and this car is going to be the best.” – Dave Pericak, Global Director, Ford Performance
“This project has been probably the most dynamic involvement of my team in a car like this. Trying to race at the highest level of the sport and doing it with factory help and with a race shop like M-Sport has been incredible.” – Ken Block, Ford Focus RS RX Race Driver, Hoonigan Racing Division