FH Köln Motorsport, based at the Cologne university engineering school, will prepare the factory-issue Focus RS for the endurance race.
A team of students have received a complimentary Focus RS from Ford in order to race it in the upcoming 24-hr race at Nurburgring.
The FH Köln Motorsport team is a group of 20 students all from the Fachhochschule (university of applied sciences) in Cologne. The engineering students will race the car with the support of several sponsors inlcuding automotive supplier TRW Automotive, tire-maker Dunlop and engine oil company Castrol.
The Focus RS provided to the students by Ford is a standard, factory-issue RS model, with a 2.5 liter, turbocharged 5-cylinder engine with 305 PS (224 kW). The team, led by Dr.-Ing. Frank Hermann, is now at work preparing the car for the endurance race.
That includes providing all the fittings required and re-engineering the car for the massive stresses it will endure in the 24-hr run. For the interior, the team will be adding a roll cage, Recaro bucket seats, a 6-point harness and fire extinguisher. The car will also get a new racing suspension, safety fuel tank, a race-ready brake system from TRW, sport exhaust system from Bastuck and a hydraulic system for quick pit-stops.
The 24-hr race on the Nordschleife (north loop) track, referred to as the Green Hell, at the Nurburgring racing circuit takes place May 13 to May 16.