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Jun 30,2011

The Story of the RS Fords released on DVD

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Ford enjoys a rich motorsport heritage, with the reliability and performance lessons learned on racetrack and rally special stage, leading to the creation of iconic and desirable road cars. Fords bearing the legendary RS badge are among the most sought after; today those simple letters encapsulate four decades of competition development and dedication to producing the finest automotive experience. Now the legend of the RS Fords can be discovered in Duke’s new DVD, The Story of the RS Fords. The programme, which features newly-filmed interviews and archive footage courtesy of Ford, explores the complete story of Ford’s Rallye Sport models, from the very early days of Walter Hayes and the Advanced Vehicles Operation to the groundbreaking Ford Focus RS500. The story is told by the men behind the Rallye Sport revolution, including Mike Moreton and Stuart Turner, who were at the very heart of the RS legend. They reveal the internal politics, the successes and disasters, the secrets of the now iconic Rallye Sport cars and how a hardy band of dedicated professionals helped revolutionise the Ford name in Europe. Tony Mason, co-driver to Roger Clark on the famous 1972 RAC Rally victory, and Malcolm ...
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Dec 28,2011   Elton

FORD RS200 - FORD OF BRITAIN 100: IMAGE OF THE WEEK – 52/52


imageTo celebrate the centenary of Ford of Britain in 2011 the company has explored its photo archive to reveal rarely seen images. Ford's unique relationship with Britain and its society has been illustrated each week by specially selected pictures. Rallying is a tough, and sometimes cruel, sport.  Designed as a Group B rally car, the RS200 was turbocharged, mid-engined, light, 4-wheel driven, and fast on any surface.  As regulations demanded, 200 examples were built in the UK with production starting in 1986. Its rallying career was cut short when the FIA reacted to a number of serious accidents by ... [full story]


Jan 14,2011   Elton

ALL-NEW FORD FIESTA RS WORLD RALLY CAR BREAKS COVER IN 2011 COLOUR SCHEME


imageFord's all-new Fiesta RS World Rally Car was revealed in its 2011-specification today when the company unveiled the colour scheme that will adorn the car in the FIA World Rally Championship. Team driver Mikko Hirvonen and Ford of Europe motorsport chief Gerard Quinn unveiled the livery for the eye-catching Fiesta RS WRC at the Autosport International Racing Car Show in Birmingham, motorsport's traditional start-of-season showcase event. Ford's official WRC squad for 2011 also confirmed its new name and logo - it ... [full story]


Jun 16,2010   Elton

FORD'S WORLD CUP WINNER MEETS FOCUS RS500


imageForty years of Ford motorsport success will be represented when old meets new at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. Leading the charge will be the victorious Ford Escort driven by Hannu Mikkola and Gunnar Palm in the 1970 London - Mexico rally. Starting from Wembley Stadium, where England won the 1966 World Cup, the race finished 16,000 gruelling miles later in Mexico City, host to the 1970 World Cup.  Now, as the England soccer team seeks to repeat 1966, ... [full story]


Jan 07,2010   Elton

FORD: FOCUSING ON HERITAGE


imageAs Ford of Britain enters its 99th year the company's historical fleet is celebrating its own milestone - securing its 100th vehicle. The new Ford Focus RS, launched to critical acclaim during 2009, is the latest addition to the Essex-based Ford Heritage Collection. The Focus RS will join such icons as the original 1970 London to Mexico winning Escort, one of only seven GT70 cars ever built and Sir Jackie Stewart's 1970 March 701, in which he won the Spanish grand prix.  The Collection also ... [full story]


Nov 16,2009   Elton

FORD FOCUS RS IS SCOTS' FAVOURITE


imageFord Focus RS has won the "sporting" category at the 12th annual Association of Scottish Motoring Writers (ASMW) Awards in St Andrew's, Scotland. A jury of 17 Scottish automotive journalists chose the Ford Focus RS against a short list of eight contenders that included the Audi R8 V10, Nissan 370Z, and Volkswagen Golf GTi. President of the ASMW, Bill Caven, presented the award and commented: "Ford has a great ... [full story]


Oct 09,2009   Elton

RACING SUCCESS FOR FORD’S RS ROAD CAR TECHNOLOGY


imageIn a case of technology transfer in reverse, Ford Team RS has seen its 'Revoknuckle' front suspension system taken from the road to the race track, where it has been driven to podium success by British Touring Car Championship independent, Team Aon. The Revoknuckle suspension system was developed for the new Ford Focus RS, one of the most powerful and dynamically advanced front-wheel drive performance road cars ever sold. Its innovative design modifies the MacPherson strut front suspension arrangement, to allow high power and torque to be handled by the front wheels, while minimising torque steer. So effective is the Revoknuckle that BTCC Team Aon have recorded a pole position and three ... [full story]


Jun 12,2009   Elton

Famous Escort set for Roger Albert Clark Rally


imageThe Ford Escort Mk2 used by Timo Makinen and Henry Liddon to win the 1975 RAC Rally will be one of the star entries on this year's 2009 Roger Albert Clark Rally.   'LAR 801P' was one of the first works RS1800s built and after its success on the '75 RAC Rally it was driven in 1976 by Ari Vatanen to win the British Open Rally Championship. It was later used by Roger Clark as a recce car for the East African Safari Rally, but has been used very little since the early 1980s.   Now, thanks to the commitment ... [full story]


Mar 05,2009   Elton

Ford selects Quaife differential to help deliver 300bhp for latest front wheel drive Focus RS


imageA motorsport-derived Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing differential, developed to work with innovative Ford RevoKnuckle suspension, allows one of the highest FWD outputs of any production car, with almost zero torque steer. Differential technology from Quaife has helped Ford overcome one of the most challenging aspects of high performance Front Wheel Drive (FWD) cars. With its 2.5 litre five cylinder turbocharged engine producing 300bhp (305PS) and 324lbft (440Nm) of torque, the new Focus RS is one of the most powerful front wheel drive production cars ever, yet it’s combination of Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing differential and new Ford RevoKnuckle suspension allows beautifully weighted steering with almost no torque steer, even under full acceleration out of ... [full story]


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