Ford’s European arm pulled the curtain down today on the 2008 Focus RS World Rally Car at the opening of the Autosport International Show in Birmingham, UK. The only difference between the 2007 and the 2008 Focus RS WRC concerns the new livery. It was also announced that the squad will be named the “BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team” for 2008.
“The Focus RS WRC has a new, contemporary livery which blends perfectly with the outlook of the BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team,” explained Ford Europe’s new motorsport director, Mark Deans. “This is our first full season in partnership with BP and the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and their importance to our WRC program is reflected in the team’s new name and their prominence on the car.” -Continued
“Of course, there is far more to a successful WRC campaign than the colour of the car and the name of the team. But in the few weeks since I took up my new role as motorsport director I have seen enough to convince me that we are again capable of being fully competitive in 2008. We have a dynamic, young driver line-up supported by one of the most enthusiastic and hard-working teams in motorsport at M-Sport and I look forward to a year that I’m confident will be a successful one,” he added.