Check out the five special edition Focus RS units to be raced in July at Le Mans. Find out what they honor, inside.
Ford will release five different one-off versions of the Ford Focus RS Le Mans Classic special edition. The units have been prepared to celebrate the automaker's success in the 1960s and 1970s at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, an endurance race run every year since 1923.
The cars will be shown off at the Le Mans Classic, a biennial race featuring classic cars on the same 13.65-kilometer circuit as the endurance race.
Ford's special editions include a Focus RS in black with silver stripes, for the 1966 Le Mans-winning Ford Mk II, a car in red with white stripes honoring the 1967 Ford Mk IV winner, a sky blue and orange car emulating the GT40 winners of 1968 and 1969, and a white and blue vehicle mimicking the 1972 Ford Capri RS 2600, which won the Touring category that year. The fifth car is painted in white, with a "thin blue centre stripe surrounded by a red border", similar to the look of a Ford Mk IIB that Ford France raced in 1967.
Each car includes four Recaro seats wrapped in stitched leather and quilted Alcantara, in contrasting colors meant to match the exteriors. This is replicated at the gearshift, hand brake, and center arm rest. Front seats also get the advantage of leather seat belts.
The five vehicles will be sold after the 2010 Le Mans Classic, held from July 9 to 11. The Ford Focus RS Le Mans Classic will be available with typical Ford options packages, and will include a limited edition Le Mans Classic three-dial automatic chronograph watch.