The new 600 horsepower Ford Focus RS RX made its debut at the weekend piloted by factory-backed team Hoonigan Racing Division in the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Portugal.
Brian Joss – America’s Ken Block and Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud raced the Ford Focus RS RX at the season opener at the Bompiso Rallycross of Portugal, which took place in the picturesque town of Montalegre located in the hills of the Vila region.
The circuit presentsed a unique challenge for both drivers and engineers: at 1800 metres above sea level it is the highest event on the World RX calendar and engines need to be finely tuned to deal with the high altitude.
Featuring all-wheel drive and a 0-60 mph launch time of less than two seconds, the Focus RS RX vehicles are optimised for rallycross battle. The Focus RS RX development was a global collaboration between Ford Performance, Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division and the UK-based M‑Sport.
Twenty-three supercars each equipped with a staggering 600 horsepower went head-to-head in Portugal over four qualifying sessions, two semi-finals, and one final. The team started in Portugal fresh out of a test at Kirkbride airfield in Cumbria, England.
Meanwhile the Ford GT made its European debut at the 6 Hours of Silverstone, UK, in the FIA World Endurance Championship.