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On www.rallyplanet.com website, there was a short article stating that Tim O'Neil will be piloting an Open Class Ford Focus SVT. If this is true, it sounds to me like Ford is making a "semi" factory entrance into the world of American rallying. Has anyone heard any more info. Sounds pretty cool!

By the way, what is an AWD Open class Focus anyway. Maybe M-Sport/Ford "dumped" Colin to open up some funds for American rallying? :)

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This is great news for Tim and Martin. Tim has had a great year in the Subaru, but I think he can do more in an open car.

From what I understand, the Focus uses Cosworth AWD bits in it. It is not an ex-WRC car. I'm sure that more details will come soon. I think the car is due here in the US in the next month or two.

I'm sure that Tim feels like an expectant father right about now! ;-)

Cheers! John
 

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I think the figure I read was 4 million pounds, or 6.25 million US Dollars. Still quite a bit more than what's needed to run a car here I'd think. ;)
 

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Absolutely delighted for Tim. It couldn`t happen to a nicer guy. Heres a guy who sat quietly in the backgroung and did his own thing while making his way back into the Pro rally scene. Through his efforts, he secured a great sponsor and capitalised on it.

Already, he has created huge exposure for the Air Force Reserves AND for Team O`Neil Rally School.

Wouldn`t it be nice if Tim was the one who eventually brought FORD to the table. God knows, so many of us have tried.

This has to be considered a big step in the right direction in terms of exposure for Rallying. Perhaps now, Jim Owens and the " big honchos " at Ford Racing will see the marketing potential of Rallying here in the USA.

To small individual Teams looking for sponsors...... look at how Tim operates his Team and represents his sponsor at the events, always professional, clean cars and transporters AND comes up with the results. Considering he runs a private Team, I would say the sponsor is getting a very good " bang for their buck "

Bets of luck Tim....... you`ve earned this.

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I am very very happy to see Ford dragged into the competition. I hope Tim has great success so that Ford will see the value of ProRally is as good as (much better than) High Rev Tuners as a marketing tool.


Go Tim!
Go Ford!

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It would be hard to do worse than 'High Rev Tuners'

I saw it once for about 5 minutes and it was a complete waste. Since when does 'tuning' involve changing the configurations of how doors open and where/how to mount speakers.

What a bunch of crap.

Aside from the occasional attractive model, a complete waste of 'film'

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I have to be honest the show could use some help -- but they were smart enough to get Ford to pony up some bucks to be a show-case for the Focus.

And even though it is poorly executed it probably has a big enough passive audience to stay alive.

(And yes I have shopped Pep Boys because of the show.)

Tim would be smart to follow Lurch and get the Focus some show time on High Rev Tuners, if nothing else it broadens the potential rally audience.

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Umhhh, "Hi-Rev Tuners" DID have the Eric Burmeister/Eric Adams Burmeister Rallysport Mazda Protege & "Lurch" (Eric B) on at a car show last night for a couple of minutes.......tho', a few minutes earlier they did do a piece on somebody's "look-a-like" WRX to a SWRT team car.....hmmmm... looked like a rally car - no roll cage, tho'....

Anyway, Great for Tim!!
 

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>It would be hard to do worse than 'High Rev Tuners'

Ill bet it has higher ratings than SCCA ProRally does. That is not a slight against ProRally, or the producers of the ProRally coverage, it is merely pointing out that clear taillights, giant bling-bling wings, and cameleon paint are MUCH MUCH more popular than rally is. For every one of us, there are 100,000 kids out there with a Civic with 18" wheels and a wing.
 

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Type of Focus Rally Car

I wonder what type of car AV sport is planing on running. Will it be a Ford Escort with a Focus Shell, ie the for aft motor and gear box, or will it be a WRC copy with a for aft trany but a transversal motor?

I guess it may even be a transvers motor and gearbox but I am not sure that has been tried in a rally focus yet and I expect it would have a steep develoupment challange.

I am glad there will be another type of car running in the top order it provides some entertainment.

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RE: Type of Focus Rally Car

You can get Focus shells converted to accept Escort Cossie drivetrains in the UK. Probably that's what they'll do. I think there's one for sale on Ben's page (under international listings.)

Anyway, this is great! Another interesting car at the top. Gee, maybe David Higgins will actually have some competition next year!:p And from his own team! The bar has been raised yet again. (I wonder if this will have Prodrive petitioning SCCA to allow WRC cars again?....;) )

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RE: A "VolFord"?

- Ford UK has built many Volvo S60 4x4s Turbos for practice cars. Not a bad package: 350HP 5-cyl all alu engine, super light & compact HALDEX 4x4 system and Ohlins suspension.
- All that could be lifted to Focus, legally, within SCCA rules...
 

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RE: A "VolFord"?

Topi,
I like "fordo" better :>) I do agree about the legality though. The Hyundai's that I work on have Hyundai engines and mitsubishi 4x4 dogboxes.

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>So the real question is how do we get those 100,000 kids to
>want roof vents, gravel tires, and light pods so they can ge
>the rally car look. When that happens doors swing open!!

I started hanging out with the local college's (UVM) car club, which is in the process of forming. These guys are bordering on Ricers, and like to drag race, but at least they also are familiar with autocrosses and rallycrosses and want to sponsor some. They mentioned an upcoming rally-x that was being held in conjunction with a Clubrally, and they thought it was too cool when I mentioned that I would be co-driving for it (he didn't bring up the rally since he assumed no one would be interested, e.g. competing).

I'd suggest some of you do the same, if you want to get these people involved, then you've got to reach out to them. Show up at their events with your rally car. If nothing else, it'll be great for your ego when they think you're the coolest thing since sliced bread... ;) You might even talk them into coming out to crew for you.

The more they see REAL race cars, the more they'll want one themselves.

Eric Burmeister has been good about this, in addition to the "High Rev Tuners" appearance I think he's made a couple stops at the "Hot Import Night" events...

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RE: A "VolFord"?

"Fjord" has been the common term used down in Dearborn. ;-)
 
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