Ford Focus RS Le Mans Classic: een collectie van 5 unieke exemplaren
eert legendarische Ford Le Mans racers.
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Ford Frankrijk heeft speciaal voor de komende Le Mans Classic een unieke
collectie van 5 Focus RS uitvoeringen ontworpen. Deze indrukwekkende
collectie vormt een eerbetoon aan de legendarische Ford racers die
geschiedenis hebben geschreven tijdens de 24 Uren van Le Mans.
De unieke kleurenschema´s van deze 5 auto´s zijn geïnspireerd door die
van de befaamde Ford racers die in het verleden in Le Mans hebben
geschitterd. De verschillende modellen zijn:
Zwart met zilveren strepen: De kleuren van de Ford Mk II, winnaar in
Rood met witte strepen: De kleuren van de Ford Mk IV, winnaar in 1967
Wit met rood/blauwe strepen: Geïnspireerd door de Ford Mk IIB uit 1967
Two-tone wit/blauw: De kleuren van de Capri RS2600 uit 1972.
Two-tone blauw/oranje: Een moderne interpretatie van de GT40 die Le Mans
domineerde in 1968 en 1968
Deze unieke auto´s zien gebaseerd op de standaard Focus RS en zijn
voorzien van een exclusief interieur. De Recaro stoelen zijn voorzien
van fraai leder en alcantara in diamant motief met fraaie stiksels. De
lederen veiligheidsriemen en unieke Le Mans details dragen bij aan de
Deze vijf auto´s komen in actie tijdens Le Mans Classic in juli. Na het
evenement worden deze auto´s door Ford Frankrijk worden verkocht aan
Bron | Ford Nederland
FORD FOCUS RS LE MANS CLASSIC: A COLLECTION OF 5 UNIQUE EXAMPLES CREATED
TO PAY TRIBUTE TO LEGENDARY FORD LE MANS RACERS
Ecurie Ford France, one of the partners of the popular Le Mans Classic
event which takes place between July 9th and 11th, has prepared a
collection of just five Focus RS cars in unique colour schemes, each
paying tribute to the Ford cars which made 'blue oval' history at the Le
Mans 24 Hours.
Each of the five Focus RS Le Mans Classic vehicles will be finished in
the colours of one of the Ford cars which made 24 Hours history for
Ford. During the event itself, they will even carry the race number of
the cars to which they’re paying tribute:
• Black with silver stripes: a reference to the Ford Mk II, which was
victorious in 1966.
• Red with white stripes: recalling the Mk IV which won in 1967.
• White with a thin blue centre stripe surrounded by a red border:
echoing the decoration of the beautiful Ford Mk IIB, entered by Ford
France in the 1967 Le Mans 24-hours.
• Two-tone sky blue and orange: A modern take on the GT40s which
dominated Le Mans in 1968 and 1969.
• Two-tone white and blue: representing the livery of the Capri RS 2600
which took the Touring category in 1972.
All five exclusive Focus RS vehicles also have customised interiors. The
Recaro seats are upholstered in leather and diamond-quilted alcantara,
front and back, with stitching that matches the bodywork. The gearshift
gaiter, hand brake handle and central arm-rest are upholstered in real
leather, and a leather safety belt guide has been added to the front
Each of the five cars will carry a personalised numbered plaque on the
dashboard confirming its exclusivity as part of the collection.
The five cars will be seen in action at the 2010 Le Mans Classic in July,
and will be driven on a number of laps of the full track at the start of
a number of the different 'grid' races reserved for cars of a particular
era, with Ford-invited special guests and VIPs at the wheel. The Focus
RS Le Mans Classic units will be joined on the track by the limited
edition Ford Focus RS500, whose futuristic matt black livery will be an
equally eye-catching addition to the palette of colours which have fired
the imaginations of countless fans of Ford and the greatest endurance
race in the world.
Only Five For Sale
Once the fifth Le Mans Classic event is over, these five unique Focus RS
Le Mans Classic vehicles will be put up for sale, and will be offered
with exclusive accessories. Fitted with either RS(1) or RS Technology(2)
packs, they will be supplied with a Le Mans Classic watch - a 3-dial
automatic chronograph with large date display and sapphire background of
which only 600 are to be produced.
The 5 cars to which the Ford Focus RS Le Mans Classic is paying tribute:
The Ford Mk II (victorious in 1966): on the 18th of June 1966, Henry
Ford II himself gave the starting signal for the 24th Le Mans 24 Hours.
He let loose a pack of fifty-five vehicles led out by two of the eight
Mk IIs entered by the manufacturer plus six GT40s, including one
belonging to Ford France which was driven by Guy Ligier and the American
Bob Grossman. The duel with Ferrari was at its peak for this “race of
the century”. Unbeaten since 1960, the Italian marque was the queen of
Le Mans. However, this time it was the Americans who dominated, pulling
off a spectacular triple! For the first time ever, the 200km/h average
speed barrier was broken at Le Mans.
The Ford Mk IV (winner in 1967): Wanting
revenge, Ferrari sent its formidable 330 P4s to challenge the Mk IVs in
a face-to-face battle without mercy. However, it was all in vain. The
unstoppable red, white-trimmed Mk IV, piloted by Dan Gurney and A.J.
Foyt, wiped the floor with Lodovico Scarfiotti and Mike Parkes’ P4.
Unforgettable new pages in the history of motor sport were being written
before everyone’s eyes. The epic tale of the Mk IIs and Mk IVs concluded
with the spectacular distance (5,232.9 km) and average speed (218 km/h!)
records set by Ford that year.
The Ford GT40 (victorious in 1968 and 1969): Even though Ford as a
manufacturer was not directly involved, John Wyer’s JWA team benefitted
from Gulf Oil sponsorship and the blessing of Ford Dearborn. For their
first outing in 1968, the GT40s faced some keen and challenging
competition from Porsche and Alfa Romeo. Driven by Pedro Rodriguez and
Lucien Bianchi, the GT40 clearly dominated the field ahead of a Porsche
907 and three Alfa Romeo 33/2s. This third consecutive Ford victory was
the first for a genuine GT40.
In 1969, competition was as intense and varied as ever: Porsche was in
attendance with its 908s and its new 917s, Matra introduced its 630/650s
and Ferrari was back again with its 312 Ps. Nevertheless, once again the
GT40 beat them all, sweeping the boards at the end of an epic duel.
Jacky Ickx raced across the finish line leaving the German Hans Hermann
120 metres behind and red faced at the wheel of his Porsche. The GT40
drove away with Ford’s fourth consecutive victory at Le Mans!
Capri RS 2600 (1st in the Special Touring category in 1972): Tenth
overall, the Capri RS 2600, driven by Gerry Birrel and Claude
Bourgoignie, dominated its category during the 1972 Le Mans 24 Hours.
Manufactured between 1969 and 1986, the Ford Capri enjoyed a great
sporting career and was one of the great leaders of the European Touring
Car Championships and the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. It also shone
in the Production Cars Championship of France and the famous British
Touring Car Championship. Many Formula 1 drivers distinguished
themselves at the wheel of a Capri, including Jochen Mass, Hans Stuck
and the Tyrrell Racing duo of Jackie Stewart and François Cevert during
the 6 Hours of Paul Ricard Circuit organised in 1972. The rally version
of the Capri also appeared in the colours of Ecurie Ford France with
internationally renowned drivers such as Jean-François Piot, Guy
Chasseuil, Jean Vinatier and Jean-Claude Gamet at the wheel.
Ford Mk II Ecurie Ford France (1967): Jo Schlesser teamed up with his
friend Guy Ligier on only one occasion at Le Mans. That was in 1967, in
a magnificent white Ford Mk II powered by a seven litre V8 engine. An
early track exit crushed their hopes in the 13th hour. However, driving
the same car, they won the last ever 12 Hours of Reims, the other former
great French endurance race. Jo Schlesser, a driver with an incredibly
eclectic talent, was killed during the 1968 French Grand Prix. He was
one of Ecurie Ford France’s most emblematic drivers, racing on track
circuits, in rallies and in a famous hill climbing race of the time, the
(1) RS pack: Recaro front and rear seats, parking assist,
heat-reflective, heated windshield, keyless entry and starting system.
(2) RS Technology pack: DVD navigation system with touchscreen and
reversing camera, 8-speaker CD-MP3 player, bluetooth-2 kit,
volume-sensing perimeter alarm and tyre-pressure monitoring system.
Bron | Media Ford
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