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A spectacular and detailed Mk1 Ford Focus RS phase 2 with an incredible 7,157 miles.
Inspired by the now Late Colin McRae’s victorious Ford Focus RS World Rally Car, the Ford Focus RS was created as a no frills, no compromise road going rally car, a car true to its motorsport roots. Designed in conjunction with Ford Racing Engineers and M-Sport in Cumbria, the RS badge synonymous with the most desirable, high performance Ford vehicles was first introduced to the already accomplished Focus. Only 4,501 examples were built with only 2,147 sold to the UK market.
Computer optimised unitary welded steel body, rigid occupant safety cell, energy absorbing crumple zones, wider front and rear pressed steel wings, auxiliary air intakes, aerodynamic splitter and rear wing, mounted side sills, modified lower rear apron, driver and front passenger airbags, air conditioning, leather sports steering wheel with blue inserts, carbon fibre centre console with start button, limited edition number plaque, Sparco aluminium handbrake, gear knob and pedals, boost gauge and ‘change up light’, bright metal tread plates with RS script, stereo radio/6CD model 6006E, Thatcham CAT 1 alarm. Dealer options; Ford Jewel Ultra treatment.
Here we present build number 2775 finished in Imperial Blue Metallic (code Q2), the only available colour. The electrifying deep blue finish is simply outstanding and perfection seekers will not be disappointed with this exceptionally low mileage example. The previous keeper, only the third since new, embarked on creating a show winning concours contender with an unfaltering approach to meticulous accuracy and exceptional standards. Click here for a build thread on www.mk1focusrsoc.com which can be seen by individuals who happen to be members. Worth joining for this alone, the epic 12 page build thread depicts the sheer level of time, devotion and expense directed at the project, with all components supplied by Ford and upheld to exacting manufacturer standards. Absolute perfection.
The original Focus RS while an undiluted road going rally car, it certainly is not a stripped out racer with compromised comfort. Inside this white hot Ford is graced with a pair of body-hugging Sparco road-race seats swathed in luxurious Racing Black and Blue Leather and Black Alcantara (code AR). The RS and Sparco logos are embossed and stitched into the upholstery, and this coupled with the aluminium fittings, push button start and numbered plaque, you are left with little doubt this is no ordinary Focus! As you would expect from a car having covered just 7,157 miles, the interior condition is flawless and undeniably showroom fresh. The genuine RS carpet mats have been protected by grey Focus carpet mats. Ford built this car to truly delight its motorsport loving RS devoted fan base, and they hit it just right!
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Fitted with the Ford 2.0 Duratec RS four-cylinder 16v unit needing little introduction, the power output achieved is 212bhp at 5500rpm and 310Nm torque at 3500rpm. The maximum speed is 144mph while 0-60 is dispatched in just 6.4 seconds! The engine bay is factory fresh with the painstaking process of polishing and refurbishment as part of the concours preparation. Another important aspect of the project was to strictly maintain original specification with the only exception being a bespoke exhaust made virtually to factory standard by BCS Automotive, as even Ford can no longer supply the correct system. The Ford MTX-75 gearbox with a heavy duty AP Racing clutch offers the ultimate rally road car experience.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The pristine 8 x 18in Oz Racing rims are brand new with all four being replaced. Shod in Michelin Pilot Sport 225/40 ZR18 tyres which are again brand new. Peer through the large openings between the spokes and you will simply be amazed at the beautifully detailed and spotless Brembo 4-pot calipers and 324mm ventilated discs, which of course are capable of providing immense stopping power.
Built on 17th September 2003 and registered new on 29th September 2003, a new car sales invoice from supplying main dealer, Lifestyle Ford of Tunbridge Wells, depicts a purchase price of £21,499.99. Ford reputedly made a loss of around £4,000 on each car sold, but such was demand when the cars were new that used examples were sold for more than list price! First owner Mr S Coppard kept the car for just 5 weeks and covered only 300 miles as his wife found the suspension too harsh. Subsequently a used car purchase invoice from the same supplying Ford Dealer confirms the car was then sold to second keeper Mr M Richey for £24,683.83. He kept the car garaged with only minimal use until the third and final keeper Mr N Cade-Westcombe purchased the car in May 2013. It was he who has since embarked on the incredible process of detailing to an eye watering standard.
The history file is truly incredible and beautifully presented. All original handbooks, service books and special RS supplement are contained within the Ford wallet, and a second Ford leather RS wallet houses further point of sale literature. A colossal collection of invoices, mostly Ford Main Dealer enable the reader to trace and fully appreciate the sheer level of devotion and spend directed towards this incredible project. Two keys with RS fobs and an original sales brochure complete the history file along with even a Ford CD wallet! This is the ultimate Focus RS in every respect.
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