Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I don't know if this is old news, but the new rally car has been introduced:
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">All new Focus RS WRC unveiled
This is the Ford Focus RS WRC 03 - the most technically advanced and revolutionary rally car ever....
The new Focus RS is radically different in both looks and mechanics to the car which competed on the opening three rounds of the 2003 championship. Technical director Christian Loriaux and his engineering team at M-Sport have added significant performance improvements to the most dependable and reliable car in the championship and a stunning new aerodynamic package gives the Focus RS an eye-catching contemporary look.
Highlights of the new Focus RS include:
* Radical changes to styling and aerodynamic package to increase performance on faster rallies
* New rear suspension system
* Improved weight distribution
* Weight savings throughout the car
* New body shell and roll cage which exceeds minimum FIA safety requirements
* New lightweight engine developed and built by Cosworth Racing with improved response and more top end power
* Revised wiring loom and electronic control system
* More efficient engine cooling
* Enhanced Digital Messaging System to relay data to the co-driver's dashboard display.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Stunning racer is 80% new
The Ford Focus RS WRC 03 is the first car Christian Loriaux has designed since joining the team at the start of 2002. Starting with a clean sheet of paper, initial design work began in mid-May 2002 and just seven months elapsed between then and the car's first brief test run six days before Christmas. Since then the car has undergone a comprehensive testing programme, most of it on gravel, in advance of its New Zealand debut.
Engineers at M-Sport and Ford's newly announced Team RS technical department in Cologne, Germany, worked closely on the project. Mainstream engineers at Ford undertook detailed analysis on Loriaux's roll cage design and the new rear suspension while the wind tunnel in Cologne was used for advanced testing in the development of the aerodynamics. The dynomometer there was also used by Ford and Cosworth Racing engineers for dyno work on the new engine.
"The new Focus RS World Rally Car is the first visible product of our decision to restructure the Ford Rallye Sport team," said Martin Whitaker, Ford’s European Director of Motorsport. "We made a decision to channel more of our resources into developing a rally car that is capable of winning. I firmly believe that the efforts of Malcolm Wilson, Christian Loriaux and his engineering team at M-Sport have given Ford Rallye Sport exactly that. Ford is at the forefront of rally technology with this car and I believe it takes the sport to a new, higher level.”
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Was thinking the same thing.Originally posted by familyman:
Starting to look more and more Group B-ish.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">yep, i really hope the ass end isnt thats scaryOriginally posted by hamoi:
...and suddenly I see the word "stormtrooper" flashing across my screen...
They should launch it with the Imperial Death March playing in the background.