2000 Ford Focus Endurance Rally Car
Competed in the 2006 Lombard Revival Endurance Rally; professionally fitted bodyshell and welded in custom rollcage; last MSA approved in 2016; left hand drive
120 teams competed in the 2006 Lombard Rally from York to Blackpool. It spanned over four days covering just over 1,200 miles but is often seen as one of the toughest rallies for endurance in the UK. So much so that seven times American rally champion, John Buffum had to retire one day before the end in this very car.
Registered as a 2000 model, this vehicle was properly purpose built to the Endurance spec 1,400cc rules in 2005. The original MSA passport is on file. As one can see, it is set up in left hand drive with a three door shell which was completely stripped of underseal. It was seam welded with the full multipoint cage fitted, leading through the bulkhead to the suspension turrets. It was painted the current Fiat Sprint blue with all appropriate and slightly later Ford fittings.
The car was fitted with alloy sump and tank guards, Dash braided fuel lines, expensive Stack digital dashboard equipment, trip computer and the Bilstein suspension is believed to be set up by Prodrive. The car was known to handle well and was supposedly very easy to drive according to paperwork on file written by the then owner.
After competing in the Lombard, it had a couple of small body injuries and once sold on to Sweep Motorsport, it was fully prepped for competition again but not used in anger until relatively recently in 2015/2016.
There is no paperwork on file documenting its more recent competition history, but official MSA stickers and rally labels on the inside of the doors give you a few clues. A little digging in the archives should help provide some more recent competition history if needed.
Probably not for everyday use but could be fun! It is surely a spectacular opportunity to learn the ways of the rally master for a young driver with potential.
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