the real thing is, who many of you actually own a focus? if im wrong and you do, then ford perhaps made the wrong choice, but it seems for the money they were putting in the sales numbers just weren't perportional
Correct. I think the proper question would be "how did Ford WRC affect sales of Ford product in Europe, and the rest of the world?" where smaller cars such as the Focus are more predominant, and where their marketing campaigns are aimed. My guess is that not funding the WRC is one of the many signs that Ford is still suffering somewhat from larger commercial and financial issues.
Remember, though, that this is not the first time that Ford has walked away from the WRC. There was a recent editorial in Racecar Engineering about the fist time Ford pulled out - mid '80s, I think? At any rate, my guess would be that M-Sport (Malcolm Wilson) is trying to work out a deal to still develop the new Focus for 2005, but run a limited campaign (Europe events), and not necessarily as the "Ford World Rally Team". I guess we'll see what happens in a couple of months!!
Ok so as of today Ford/Jaguar have pulled out of F1, which contradicts their reasoning for pulling money out of WRC.
I/we can only hope that this means more money for M-sport in '05, but somehow I doubt that. Maybe at least they can hold on to Duval.