Ford Focus WRC
The auto-biography of a rally champion

5th October 2017
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Ford Focus WRC

The auto-biography of a rally champion

ABOUT THE BOOK
When world rallying introduced a new formula for ‘World Rally Cars,’ Ford needed a completely new car to meet the new rules. Malcolm Wilson’s M-Sport organisation, then small but soon to expand considerably, was contracted to do the job, completed the design in less than a year, and spent the next 12 years campaigning this turbocharged four-wheel-drive car all round the world.

Working from state-of-the-art premises at Dovenby Hall, near Cockermouth, in Cumbria, M-Sport built a total of no fewer than 97 Focus WRCs, which were always competitive at World level, this being proved by the fact that they won 44 World Championship events. In that time, stellar drivers such as Colin McRae, Carlos Sainz, Markko Märtin, Marcus Grönholm and Mikko Hirvonen all added to the mystique of an ultra-professional organisation, along with substantial support, and sponsorship, from the drinks giant Martini, the oil company BP (and its major subsidiary Castrol), and the state of Abu Dhabi.

In building up its own in-house technical expertise, M-Sport not only engineered and developed the entire car on behalf of Ford, but gradually took over development (and eventually manufacture) of the 300bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, and led the design of the complex four-wheel-drive transmissions provided, at first, by Xtrac, and later by Ricardo.

M-Sport’s reputation within the sport of rallying was such that, when the regulations once again changed, the company was immediately able to produce a new-generation Fiesta WRC, and continue with its winning ways.

Ford Focus WRC by Graham Robson

ISBN: 9781787110205
UPC: 6-36847-01020-1

AVAILABLE NOW!

£35, $60 USA

BULLET POINTS
  • The complete 12-year story of the Ford Focus WRC’s career in World Championship rallying
  • In 12 years, the Focus WRC won 44 World Championship events, and the annual Manufacturers’ Championship on two occasions.
  • No other Ford car has ever achieved so much in motorsport as the Focus WRC
  • An unrivalled analysis of the birth, design, and evolution of Ford’s Focus WRC project
  • Detailed coverage of events, victories, and Championships in the 1999-2010 period
  • M-Sport, Dovenby Hall, and the growth of a famous motorsport team
  • Interviews and viewpoints of all the major characters – team owner, sponsors and drivers.
  • For the first time, cars, drivers and engineers all profiled in great detail
  • Listing and competition history of all 97 WRC cars built

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Graham Robson has been totally addicted to motorsport since he watched his first RAC rally in 1953. He competed actively, as a co-driver throughout the 1950s and 1960s when all the cars covered in this book were at their peak. After competing at International level in the Rootes-Sunbeam, Triumph and Ford factory teams, he also managed the Standard-Triumph works team, and later became a rally journalist historian and organiser.

Having followed ‘works’ cars around the world, and become a regular and privileged visitor to Ford motorsport premises he is ideally qualified to
write this book.

Graham has now written more than 160 books (a number on rallying subjects, by Veloce), regularly commentates at major classic car events, and is proud to be linked to any historic study of famous Fords.

Place of birth: Skipton, Yorkshire • Hometown: Bridport • Nearest city: Bournemouth

SPECIFICATION
V5020 • Hardback • 25x20.7cm • £35 • 192 pages • 240 colour and b&w pictures • ISBN: 978-1-787110-20-5 • UPC: 6-36847-01020-1

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