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Old 02-07-2010, 08:10 AM   #1
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Ford Suisse rolls out special edition Focus RS WRC

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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.


Gallery: Ford Focus RS WRC Swiss livery proposals



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OMG, drool, can you imagine importing one of fifty to the US?? OMG OMG OMG!! i would love to have a real WRC edition!! that car would be worth a fortune here in the states!
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Wow...good thing I'm about to take a shower. That thing is beautiful.
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damn... just gorgeous
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OMG, drool, can you imagine importing one of fifty to the US?? OMG OMG OMG!! i would love to have a real WRC edition!! that car would be worth a fortune here in the states!
calm down.. it's just an RS with some stickers, new wheels and a plaque...

it's not a actual WRC race car...
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but it would still be worth a fortune!
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^^ and it's sexier than...... the sexiest person you can think of
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WOOOOW... thats a gorgeous. Do anyone now how many WRC cars where made before? Not sure if it was an ST with WRC stickers or just a regular focus. But nothing close to this one.
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ya, this one is just sick. sure, you could do this to ur own, but what would the odds of a swiss limited edition euro RS making it to the states be? it would be a whole lot better if i was gradumatated from college! lol!
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