• Feb 7, 2010

Ford Focus RS WRC special edition for Switzerland – Click above for image gallery of livery proposals

While the rest of us think "rallying", the Swiss look at their snow-capped mountains and think "skiing". That's largely because the Swiss are not known to be car people. But for every rule there's an exception.

In Switzerland those exceptions include the efforts of notable speed-freaks like Peter Sauber (of F1 fame), Frank Rinderknecht (Rinspeed) and Franco Sbarro (the flamboyant coachbuilder – not the food-court pizza guy). And we can now add Ford to that list, as the Detroit automaker's Swiss subsidiary is rolling out a special edition Focus RS to pay tribute to the 40th anniversary of the company's iconic RS division, exclusively for the Swiss market.

Although mechanically identical to the existing Focus RS – not much change needed there – the Focus RS WRC edition wears a special livery submitted and chosen through an online forum. Black and green decals overlay a white background, complimented by blacked-out 19" OZ Superturismo GT alloys, while inside, a special plaque carries the Hancocks of Ford's top rally ace Mikko Hirvonen and his co-pilot Jarmo Lehtinen.

Only 50 examples will be offered, exclusively in Switzerland at a price of 55,900 Swiss francs – equivalent to about $53k in American greenbacks and representing a 2000-franc premium over the standard Focus RS. We'll see if we can grab a closer look when we descend upon the multilingual alpine nation for the Geneva Motor Show next month, but in the meantime you can view the top liveries proposed in the gallery below and, if your French, German or Italian is up to the task, check out the press release after the jump. After all, while "speed" is not among the languages commonly spoken in Switzerland, neither is English.

And if some of you longtime readers think that a 50-unit Focus WRC special edition sounds familiar, well, it should. Back in 2007, The Euro Oval did a similar package based on the Focus ST.



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PRESS RELEASE (FRENCH)

Ford Focus RS WRC Edition: Série spéciale anniversaire « Édition limitée »

Ford Suisse l'avait promis et tient promesse : Après avoir fait sensation comme concept-car à l'occasion du 23e Auto Zürich Car Show en novembre dernier, la Focus RS WRC Edition termine maintenant son sprint final pour arriver chez les concessionnaires. La série spéciale limitée créée à l'occasion des « 40 ans de la Ford RS » et produite à cinquante exemplaires a été dessinée dans le cadre d'un concours de design.

Les fans s'en souviennent : en octobre 2009, Ford Suisse a appelé les inconditionnels de la Focus à redessiner la sportive Focus RS afin de lui donner un look sportif individuel et unique. Le projet plébiscité devait, comme le promettait l'importateur, être poussé jusqu'au stade de la production, sous la forme d'un modèle spécial commercialisé en une série spéciale très limitée appelée Ford Focus RS WRC Edition. Ce sont les 40 ans de la Ford RS, fêtés cette année, qui constituent le point de départ de cette action. Il s'agit également de rendre hommage à la légendaire Ford Escort RS1600 lancée en 1970.

Ford Suisse a, depuis, tenu promesse et enfin sorti l'édition spéciale Focus RS WRC après l'avoir présentée sous forme de show car en novembre au 23e Auto Zürich. Cinquante exemplaires seront produits, dont les premiers arriveront aux salles d'exposition des concessionnaires Ford dans les prochains jours.

Les cinquante modèles spéciaux WRC se distinguent de la Ford Focus RS avec peinture « Frozen White » par leurs autocollants, des jantes noires de 19 pouces OZ Superturismo GT et, dans l'habitacle, une plaque portant les signatures de Mikko Hirvonen et Jarmo Lehtinen, les deux pilotes Ford WRC finnois ayant remporté le titre de champion du monde de la saison passée avec une avance d'un seul tout petit point.

Les moyens de conférer à la super-sportive un look digne d'elle étaient nombreux. Ford Suisse a ainsi proposé sur www.newfordfocusrs.ch différents projets de design parmi lesquels chaque visiteur pouvait élire son préféré. Parallèlement au vote, Ford invitait chacun à donner son avis et ses commentaires et a encouragé les membres du jury à soumettre leurs suggestions d'amélioration concrètes dans le forum. L'écho fut retentissant – l'importateur Ford suisse a été littéralement bombardé d'idées de design plus créatives les unes que les autres.

La Ford Focus RS WRC est livrable dès 55 900 francs – avec un équipement complet et une puissance souveraine de 305 ch pour un couple de 440 newtons-mètre. Cette débauche d'énergie est délivrée par une version RS à la puissance encore majorée et spécialement mise au point du cinq cylindres turbo de 2,5 litres. Une puissance largement suffisante pour permettre à la voiture d'atteindre une vitesse maximale de 260 km/h et pour la catapulter de 0 à 100 km/h en moins de six secondes.




PRESS RELEASE (GERMAN)

Ford Focus RS WRC Edition: Zum Jubiläum eine limitierte Sonderserie

Ford Schweiz hat es versprochen, und Wort gehalten: Nach der Aufsehen erregenden Premiere an der 23. Auto Zürich Car Show im vergangenen November als Concept Car rollt der Focus RS WRC Edition jetzt im finalen Sporttrimm zu den Vertragshändlern. Die zum Jubiläum «40 Jahre Ford RS» aufgelegte und auf 50 Einheiten limitierte Sonderserie wurde im Rahmen eines Design-Wettbewerbs gestaltet.

Enthusiasten erinnern sich: Im Oktober 2009 rief Ford Schweiz die Focus-Fans dazu auf, den Spitzensportler Focus RS umzugestalten und ihm einen individuellen und einmaligen Sport-Look zu verpassen. Das schönste und beliebteste Outfit, so versprach der Importeur, sollte später auf der Strasse zu bewundern sein. Und zwar an einem Spezialmodell, das in einer streng limitierten Auflage als Sonderserie Ford Focus RS WRC Edition in den Markt gelangen würde. Auslöser dieser Aktion ist das Jubiläum «40 Jahre Ford RS», das heuer gefeiert wird. Und gleichzeitig ist es eine Hommage an den 1970 lancierten und legendären Ford Escort RS1600.

Ford Schweiz hat in der Zwischenzeit sein Versprechen eingelöst und die Sonderedition Focus RS WRC, nachdem sie im November anlässlich der 23. Auto Zürich als Showcar präsentiert worden war, nun endgültig auf die Breitreifen gestellt. Die ersten von den insgesamt 50 Fahrzeugen kommen in diesen Tagen in den Showrooms der Ford-Händler an.

Vom Ford Focus RS in der Lackierung «Frozen White» unterscheiden sich die 50 WRC-Sondermodelle durch eine entsprechende Beklebung, schwarze 19-Zoll-Felgen des Typs OZ Superturismo GT und eine Plakette im Interieur mit Unterschriften von Mikko Hirvonen und Jarmo Lehtinen. Die beiden finnischen Ford-WRC-Werksfahrer haben den Weltmeistertitel in der vergangenen Saison um ein winziges Pünktchen verpasst.

Wege, um dem Supersportler die entsprechende Optik zu verleihen, gab es viele. So schaltete Ford Schweiz zum Beispiel im Internet auf www.newfordfocusrs.ch verschiedene Designvorschläge auf, aus denen jeder Website-Besucher seinen Favoriten auswählen konnte. Gleichzeitig wurde aber nicht nur abgestimmt, sondern Ford fragte nach Meinungen und Kommentaren und ermunterte die Juroren dazu, im Forum konkrete Verbesserungsvorschläge einzubringen. Das Echo war gewaltig – der Schweizer Ford-Importeur wurde geradezu bombardiert mit kreativen Designideen.

Der Focus RS WRC Edition ist für 55 900 Franken lieferbar – mit Komplettausstattung und einem souveränen Kraftangebot von 305 PS und 440 Newtonmeter. Zur Verfügung gestellt wird diese Power von einer speziell entwickelten, nochmals leistungsgesteigerten RS-Version des 2,5-Liter-Turbo-Fünfzylinders. Diese Kraft reicht locker aus, um bei Bedarf 260 km/h schnell zu rennen und in weniger als sechs Sekunden auf Tempo 100 zu beschleunigen.



PRESS RELEASE (ITALIAN)

Ford Focus RS WRC Edition: Serie speciale limitata per l'anniversario

Ford Svizzera mantiene le sue promesse: dopo i successi ottenuti come concept car con l'anteprima al 23° Salone dell'Automobile di Zurigo lo scorso novembre, la Focus RS WRC Edition raggiunge ora i concessionari con il suo look sportivo definitivo. La serie speciale, creata per l'anniversario "40 anni Ford RS" e limitata ad appena 50 unità, è stata concepita in occasione di un concorso di design.

Gli entusiasti se lo ricordano: nell'ottobre 2009 Ford Svizzera aveva invitato gli appassionati Focus a migliorare la vettura sportiva di punta Focus RS con un look sportivo unico nel suo genere. Come promesso dall'importatore, l'outfit più accattivante e più amato avrebbe potuto essere ammirato in seguito sulle strade. E cioè come modello speciale che sarebbe stato lanciato sul mercato con una serie speciale limitatissima: la Ford Focus RS WRC Edition. L'elemento scatenante di questo evento è l'anniversario "40 anni Ford RS" festeggiato quest'anno. E allo stesso tempo è un omaggio alla leggendaria Ford Escort RS1600 lanciata nel 1970.

Nel frattempo Ford Svizzera ha mantenuto la sua promessa ed ora verrà immessa definitivamente sul mercato l'edizione speciale Focus RS WRC, dopo la sua presentazione come showcar in novembre durante il 23° Salone dell'Automobile di Zurigo. I primi modelli delle 50 vetture complessive stanno raggiungendo in questi giorni gli showroom dei concessionari Ford.

Rispetto alla Ford Focus RS con vernice "Frozen White" i 50 modelli speciali WRC si differenziano per un adesivo apposito, cerchi da 19 pollici del tipo OZ Superturismo GT e una piastrina nell'abitacolo con gli autografi di Mikko Hirvonen e Jarmo Lehtinen. Nella scorsa stagione i due piloti finlandesi Ford WRC non sono riusciti a conquistare il titolo di campione mondiale per un solo punto.

Le possibilità per conferire un look adeguato a questa vettura supersportiva sono state innumerevoli. Ford Svizzera aveva pubblicato in Internet all'indirizzo www.newfordfocusrs.ch, ad esempio, diverse proposte di design fra le quali ciascun visitatore della pagina web poteva scegliere le sue preferite. Contemporaneamente alla votazione, Ford aveva anche richiesto opinioni e commenti e incitato la giuria ad aggiungere nel forum delle proposte concrete di perfezionamento. La risonanza ottenuta è stata strabiliante – l'importatore Ford svizzero è stato bombardato di idee creative di design.

La Focus RS WRC Edition è disponibile a CHF 55 900 – con un allestimento completo e un'offerta sovrana con una potenza di ben 305 CV e una coppia di 440 Nm. Questa potenza viene erogata da una versione RS specificatamente concepita, con prestazioni ulteriormente migliorate, del motore turbo cinque cilindri di 2,5 litri. Una potenza più che sufficiente per raggiungere all'occorrenza 260 km/h e accelerare in meno di sei secondi da 0 a 100 km/h.


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  • 25 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want this in my driveway YESTERDAY!
      • 4 Years Ago
      What does the author of this article know about Switzerland? If he is like the average American (who thinks that everything that it's not within arm's distance is not relevant, and that outside the US borders it's where outer space begins...), it's almost guaranteed to be just about zero.
      Swiss are not known to be car people? There is probably more knowledge and more passion for cars than the average American for sure. I live in MA and so far in 7 years I have been here, I have seen 1 Porsche 911, 1 Ferrari (in RI...) and that's about it. But plenty of SUVs and trucks: for sure they speak about the passion of America for CARS...How ridiculous of you passing judgments on Switzerland...Oh, and for one thing, everyone of us Swiss people know how to drive a stick. Can't say the same for the US, now can you? Another "great" way of showing how passionate Americans are for cars: letting their cars (better saying their SUVs or pickup trucks, actually) drive them around.

      How about the poster that said that racing is illegal. Saw plenty of rally competitions in Switzerland, for example. Out of 300+ million Americans, probably less than 1% even knows what a rallye is...



        • 4 Years Ago
        While spending half a year in CA I was talking to some friends I made there and the subject turned to my home country, Switzerland. All of a sudden, as I was explaining about the soccer team and other sports we do, he asks (and in all seriousness): But how do you play soccer if everything is steep in the mountains.

        It ended in me explaining that there is more than just mountains, chocolate and cheese in switzerland and that we do not wear wooden shoes and jodel...

        ...go figure.

        Switzerland is one of the coutntries where the top-of-the-line models are usually sold, you won't see any base models in Switzerland, au contraire, you will see small models which are stuffed with all possible options, small cars which are primarly sold in the highest available engine-gearbox setup.

        As an example, no other country sells proportionally as many SEAT Cupra Models as Switzerland, almost all other countries are focused on base models with lower end engines.


        And then you come up with a sentence like "That's largely because the Swiss are not known to be car people." I'd say you would have to rephrase that to "That's largely because I have no clue what I'm talking about"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Auto racing is illegal in Switzerland. Even on private land. Sorry, this is a complete buzzkill for me, I can't back any kind of hotted up car from there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't care what kind of tickets they give out. It isn't about street racing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Glad to hear it, thanks for the info tankd0g.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That hasn't been true since 2007.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very nice even though not AWD. At least it is their hot version of the Focus they are making into a "rallye edition" - unlike the Citroen by Loeb C4.

      Sucks to be in the USA sometimes.









        • 4 Years Ago
        +1, I agree with you! The Ford cars which win rally (WRC, IRC, X Games, Rallycross), they have 4WD not FWD.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not just write "Arrest Me, Please" in big letters across both sides of the car?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Swiss don't even like cars! Dangit! Oh how I'd love to have a Focus RS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      so the swiss are not into cars, huh?

      then how come switzerlands hosts the biggest annually motor show in europe? please at least try talking to a few swiss people before typing such crazy stereotypes. you may just have a look at our galleries (http://zuendung.ch/events/?searchwords=cars_of_zurich) which show just a few cars spotted in the biggest city of switzerland. you may rewrite the start of this blogpost then.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Try plugging the press release into Google Translate. It's hilarious to read the literally translated nonsense!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Subaru, here is your target for the Subaru half of the FT-86 project.

      beat this car's styling, with Subaru turbo boxer power, and AWD drivetrain underneath.

      screw WRC, if they want to be jerks and deny a superior drivetrain layout with the rulebook.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If that manage to make that thing AWD it will be a neat trick.
        • 4 Years Ago
        All they have to do is keep the GR Impreza's front structure, and it can still be AWD.

        Nothing to say that the Toyota version isn't front engined, rather than front mid...

        And if the Toyota is front-mid, perhaps the Subaru will retain the Impreza's structure anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome graphic's. Though the only ones in my eyes that look good are the ones without the numbers on the side. Nice to see something else besides a Mustang getting a variant lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        True, they're pretty awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I must say, thats a very good looking livery. I want one of those!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed!

        FORD: BRING THE RS TO US!
      • 4 Years Ago
      So all they've done is painted it and added on a fair bit to the price. I'd take the stock version any day. Its a great car already.
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