Whereas for the Le Mans event Ford teamed the Ford Model T Montier, competitor in the very first Le Mans race in 1923, with the last of the Focus RS breed, the RS500, the carmaker is preparing another surprise for Goodwood.
The RS500 will take the center stage at the event's famous hill climb alongside the Ford Escort which took part in the 1970 London – Mexico rally. That car spawned the creation of the Ford Escort Mexico and gave birth to what Ford calls "the continued link between production vehicles and motorsport cars."
"There is a direct customer benefit that results from motorsport development helping to advance production car engineering. This was evident from the early days of the Ford Escort and with the Focus WRC now in its final season it is appropriate that the lessons learnt have helped to create a new icon for the road in the shape of the Focus RS500," Gerard Quinn, Ford's motorsport manager said in a statement.
As for the RS500, as you know already, it marks the end of the Focus RS line, with only 500 units to be built (all of them are already sold). The RS500 comes packing a 2.5l 5-cylinder engine developing 345 horsepower and 460 Nm of torque.
Probably the meanest looking Focus out there, the RS500 accelerates from naught to sixty in 5.6 seconds and tops at a speed of 265 km/h (165 mph).