The competition-spec Ford Focus RS RX is preparing to enter its second FIA World Rallycross Championship season this year, after a relatively successful first season that included seven podium finishes and three wins, not to mention a third-place season finish for M-Sport Ford driver Andreas Bakkerud in the Drivers’ Championship.
The Ford Focus RS RX, which is based (loosely) on the road-going Focus RS hot hatch, was designed and developed in under a year by Ford Performance, M-Sport, and Ken Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division. Ken Block himself makes up the other half of the drivers in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. The car boasts a seam-welded and reinforced body, a 6-speed sequential gearbox, and a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that spits out up to 600 horsepower and 665 lb-ft of torque.
Watch the video above for a comprehensive recap of the Ford Focus RS RX’s development and first season of competition, and be sure to watch out for its 2017 season debut at the World Rallycross of Barcelona in Spain on March 31st.