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Προς το τέλος του video του νέου Gymkhana, και πιο συγκεκριμένα στο 8:39 του Gymkhana 8, φάνηκε ένα περίεργο και αρκετά φουσκωμένο Ford Focus. Και ενώ αρχικά υπήρχε μια περιέργεια για το τι ακριβώς είναι αυτό, μετά από κάποια ώρα η Μπλε Οβάλ έδωσε ένα δελτίο τύπου, όπου μας αναφέρει ότι αυτό είναι το αγωνιστικό με το οποίο θα ακολουθήσει το παγκόσμιο πρωτάθλημα Rallycross ο Ken Block.

Θα υπάρχει επίσημη εργοστασιακή υποστήριξη στην όλη προσπάθεια, αλλά υπεύθυνη για την προετοιμασία των δύο αυτοκινήτων, που θα συμμετάσχουν στο πρωτάθλημα είναι η ομάδα του Ken Block, Hoonigan Racing Division, και ομόσταυλος του Αμερικάνου θα είναι ο Andreas Bakkerud.

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Το αυτοκίνητο είναι ένα Ford Focus RS Rallycross, με τον 2-λιτρο EcoBoost κινητήρα του να διαθέτει turbo της Garrett με περιοριστή στομίου στα 45 χλστ.. Η διαχείριση του κινητήρα γίνεται από την Cosworth Electronics, ενώ υπάρχουν μεγάλα intercooler και αναβαθμισμένο σύστημα ψύξης. Αποδίδει 600 άλογα και Nm ροπή, στέλνοντας την κίνηση σε όλους τους τροχούς μέσω ενός 6-τάχυτου σειριακού κιβωτίου της Sadev, μέσω ρυθμιζόμενων μηχανικών εμπρός και πίσω διαφορικών τρίδισκου συμπλέκτη από carbon της AP, επιταχύνοντας για τα 0-96 χλμ/ώρα χρειάζεται σε μόλις 2 δευτ.

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Το σώμα του είναι ενισχυμένο, διαθέτει φυσικά roll-cage εγκεκριμένο από την FIA, ενώ στον τομέα της ανάρτησης υπάρχουν ρυθμιζόμενα αμορτισέρ τριών δρόμων της Reiger. Τα φρένα είναι από την Brembo και περιλαμβάνει 4-πίστονες δαγκάνες με δίσκους διαμέτρου 350 χλστ., και υδραυλικό χειρόφρενο της Sadev., ενώ οι ζάντες είναι 17 ινστών με ελαστικά της AVON.

Το πρωτάθλημα World Rallycross ξεκινάει στις 15 Απριλίου στην Πορτογαλία και θεωρείται δεδομένο ότι στο νέο Gymkhana 9 θα χρησιμοποιεί το νέο Focus RS Rallycross.

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Focus RS Confirmed by Ford Performance for Competition in 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship

• Ford Focus RS will make its competition debut as Ford’s factory entry in 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship

• Ken Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division will field two Focus RS race cars to build on the performance marque’s championship legacy

• World Rallycross Championship race car based on all-new global 2016 Ford Focus RS featuring advanced Ford Performance torque vectoring all-wheel drive

• Ken Block will be joined by Andreas Bakkerud as his teammate for 2016

DEARBORN, Mich., March 2, 2016 – Ford’s RS competition legacy continues this season for a new generation of motorsports fans.

As teased in the credits of Ken Block’s Gymkhana 8 released earlier this week, Ford Performance confirms Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division team will field two factory-supported 2016 Ford Focus RS race cars in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

For more than 50 years, Ford Performance’s Rallye Sport badge has been reserved for racing and production vehicles that push the limits of performance and innovation. Known for aggressive design and pioneering technology, Ford vehicles wearing the RS badge have seen success for decades in stage rally series including FIA World Rally Championship with drivers like Björn Waldegård, Marcus Grönholm, Mikko Hirvonen and Colin McRae.

“RS is a worldwide brand with a rich heritage that motorsports enthusiasts know and love,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “Our RS badge has a natural connection to racing, and we have a passionate, dedicated team on the project. We’re excited to honor the history of Rallye Sport by pushing every aspect of performance and design to the limit.”

The Focus RS build is a global collaboration between Ford Performance, Block’s Hoonigan Racing and U.K.-based M-Sport. Featuring all-wheel drive, a new EcoBoost® engine producing 600 horsepower, and a 0-60-mph launch time of less than two seconds, Ford Focus RS Rallycross cars are optimized for competition.

Mark Rushbrook, motorsports engineering manager, Ford Performance, says the intention has been to develop a Rallycross car that lives up to the RS badge.

“We’ve dedicated the same level of cutting-edge tools, technical resources and engineering know-how from our Le Mans GT and NASCAR programs, and working with M-Sport brings renowned expertise in rallycross and stage rally vehicle development,” said Rushbrook. “Ken, Andreas Bakkerud and Hoonigan Racing give us insight from the competition and driver perspectives. Our three organizations have a great working relationship, and we’re all looking forward to seeing the Focus RS in action.”

“I’m really happy that for 2016 I’m expanding my relationship with Ford and Ford Performance,” said Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block. “To have official factory support for my race season in 2016 and beyond as I enter the FIA World Rallycross Championship full-time is absolutely incredible. It opens up a ton of powerful resources that myself and my team will be able to benefit from in terms of engineering prowess, research, development and racing experience from different fields. Plus, have you seen the car that they’ve created for me to go race in? My mind was blown when they showed it to me in Dearborn a few months ago. I absolutely cannot wait to get behind the wheel and start testing.”

Malcolm Wilson, OBE, managing director for M-Sport, believes that together, they’ve produced a very special race car. “Working closely with our colleagues at Ford Performance and Hoonigan Racing Division, a huge amount of work has gone into this project,” he said. “It’s been an extremely exciting, rewarding venture – one we hope yields considerable success. I’m confident we have a winning formula for the season ahead.”

The Focus RS Rallycross cars will debut at the FIA World Rallycross event in Portugal, April 15-17, with Block and Bakkerud behind the wheel. The global 12-race series takes place in 11 countries on three continents.

Additional information on the race cars and their development will be coming ahead of the Portugal race.

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2016 Ford Focus RS Rallycross Specs

Power: 600 hp

Torque: 900NM. Capable of 0-60 mph/2 secs.

Body: 2016 Ford Focus RS, seam welded and reinforced. Homologated FIA-spec roll cage. Custom body design by Ford Performance and M-Sport. Bespoke underbody protection.

Engine: Ford Performance and M-Sport developed Ford EcoBoost 2L engine. Garrett Turbocharger with 45mm restrictor. Cosworth Electronics engine management. Optimized rallycross intercooler and radiator package.

Transmission: Sadev 6-Speed sequential gearbox with adjustable, mechanical front and rear differentials. Triple plate AP carbon clutch.

Suspension: SLA-type suspension, both front and rear with 3-way adjustable Reiger dampers.

Brakes: Brembo 4-pot calipers with 350mm rotors. Sadev Hydraulic handbrake system.

Interior: Recaro Pro-Racer Ultima, FIA-8862 spec driver’s seat (only).

Wheels: 8″ X 17″ wheels to suit WRX tire regulations.

Tires: WRX spec AVON race tire.