Part two of two of my second Fastlane Classic Cars hawl! It is a 1999 Ford Focus WRC Presentation by AUTOart. I believe it is from 2005-ish and was originally $120. I got this for $50, before tax (but Missouri tax is low). I’d say that’s a pretty good deal (just check eBay). Obviously the Martini livery would be preferred, but this was the only AA version they had (they also had a Bburago Martini car but it had a messed up front axle and wasn’t sure if it was fixable or not).

And despite its age, it isn’t lacking in detail. In fact, the opposite is true. I keep finding small details that I didn’t see before.

I took it ORATing because it is a rally car after all.

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A nice patch of dead grass barren fields is appropriate. The Focus was a relatively successful rally car, espcially in the hands of the late Colin McRae. Have some good rally noise:

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Back to the studio for some nice pics.

You might be able to see the flaps that I have a question about, but I’ll get to that in a bit. The paint is fresh and crisp, with no smudging of color.

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The shut lines are minimal and the printing aligns between the doors and body.

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The headlights are ok but I love the metallic blue color.

One of my two complaints about this model: the grilles/vent mesh is just black painted on clear plastic. Pretty minor and typical of the time.

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The wheels are perfect, with the Michelin branding, the four lugs, and Brembo brakes.

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I love all the decals on the car. Holds perfectly true to the real car.

The engine is a little plain but realistic.

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The interior is where this model really shines over other, similar models. This is the rear hatch area. It has the spare tire, the jack, and roll cage/harness bar all on gutted white metal.

And this brings us to the only other complaint I have: The rear hatch doesn’t stay up on its own. Again, minor because the hatch isn’t really a critical part of the car.

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But look at the interior! It is simply fantastic. The alcantara covered dash and steering wheel are done with a fuzzy materiel, but different than your usual felt. You can see all the buttons, the handbrake (black stick in the center) and the gear shift (silver knob near the steering wheel).

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The Sparco seats are also alcantara and have rubber racing harnesses. You may also notice Colin McRae’s name on the top of the seat.

The steering wheel is also well done and you can see the speedometer behind it.

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The underside isn’t particularly interesting but that’s how it is in the real car.

The diff. from the 4WD is visible.

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So here’s my question: what are these flaps? They’re flexible and have holes in them, presumably for cooling the brakes. My best guess is that they’re protective covers for the rear suspension but I really don’t know.