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World RX Racing final at Killarney

In just a month's time the World RX of South Africa heads to Killarney International Raceway in Cape Town.

#KeepFightingSchumi

Lewis Hamilton says he would like to know the current physical condition of F1 legend Michael Schumacher.

Racy 220kW Focus blasts in

2005-12-05 08:30

Ford's new hot rally wheels

The car will be Ford's challenger in the FIA World Rally Championship from 2006 onwards and it will debut in January at the Monte Carlo Rally.

It is based on the high-performance Ford Focus ST. The new rally version's 2-litre engine kicks out 222kW at 6 000 r/min while torque is 550Nm at 4 000 r/min.

It features permanent four-wheel drive and a five speed sequential gearbox.

According to Ford the new Focus RS WRC 06 has been designed and developed in less than 11 months at British-based company M-Sport which operates the Blue Oval's WRC programme.

Following in the footsteps of the 2003 Focus RS WRC, the new car incorporates the latest technology.

"It is unrealistic to expect us to win a world title next year, " said BP-Ford team director Malcolm Wilson. "The car is too new for that. But I fervently believe that we will win rallies and lay a solid platform for a world championship bid in 2007 and 2008."

"In Marcus Grönholm and Mikko Hirvonen we have signed two drivers with the ability to maximise the potential of the Focus RS WRC 06."

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