Ford Europe built the Focus RS WRC to compete in the World Rally Championship (hence the WRC in the name, with RS standing for Rallye Sport) between 1999 and 2010.
As a replacement to the Ford Escort WRC, the Focus RS WRC ended up winning 44 rallies and 2 manufacturer titles for Ford.
Introduced in 1999, the first gen Focus RS WRC ran until 2003 when the lighter and more aerodynamic 2nd gen was introduced with most parts redesigned from the ground up.
The model featured here, the 2004 version, was an evolution of the 2003 release. The #7 Castrol branded ‘04 Focus RS driven by Markko Märtin won 3 races that year winning him 3rd place in the overall championship that year.
This 1:57 scale model., from the 2012 Majorette Racing series, features the BP Ford World Rally Team livery from the 2nd place winning car driven by François Duval & Stéphane Prévot in the 2004 18º Corona Rally México.
I got this as part of the same 3 pack set as the Renault that I posted a couple of weeks ago. While the graphics mention “Cosworth RS”, the name stamped in the bottom does not. I wonder why!
Based on what I found on Youtube, Markko Märtin’s championship winning #7 car with the Castrol livery was also available in the 2012 Majorette Racing series. But I definitely like this #8 car better!
What I like about this casting is specifically the BP themed livery. Well, mostly, except for the graphics work that passes for the headlamps. Those are a big let down.
I know some of you are cringing at the the damage to the graphics, but my cars (if not all of them) are all going to be out of their packaging at some point.
I have said this before and I will say it again, I am a big fan of Majorette’s Racing series with authentic liveries and real cars. If only these came with real wheels. Mebbe I should start getting into replacing the wheels myself!