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If you can call it a Focus, that is!! :wnc:



Built by privateer team, Team Schlesser, the car has performed well in the early stages of the rally, winning early stages. It has a 330 Litre fuel tank, with a wheel base of 3 metres. The buggy runs B.F. Goodrich tyres.



Powered by a new 4 liter V6 engine, the car weighs in the same as a road going Focus, but gets the power to the ground via the rear wheels thru the 5 speed gearbox.



Cheers... Tim!
 

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they were going to use a v8 in it but decided to use the v6 from last year at the last minute. saw the highlights on fox sports and they had an in focus part on team Schlesser all i can say is WOW
 

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Discussion Starter #6 (Edited)
For those interested in the rally results to date, after 5 stages, starting the Africa stages, Mitsubishi have a one-two, Nissan holding third, and the two diesel BMW X5's holding fourth and fifth.

The first of the Schlesser Fords, car number 200, with Schlesser and Lurquin driving is 7th, while the other, car number 209 with Servia and Bosotto, has dropped back to 13th.

The two Foci are leading the Rear Wheel Drive class (ironic, considering the cars road going drivetrain).

The highest places for other brands so far:
Cheverolet 18th
Honda 19th
Toyota 28th
Mercedes 32nd
Suzuki 33rd
Kia 51st
Peugeot 108th

Cheers.... Tim!
 

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that thing couldnt possibly be called a focus.

wonder what parts it shares with the original car? windscreen only?
 

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The headlights sort of look the same.............. at night.......... from about 300 metres away.
 

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I hate to break it to people, but the vehicles entered into the Paris to Dakar are not road going vehicles! Like drag racing, you are allowed to make many modifications. And realistically, at the speeds and terrain these vehicles are going thru, how many standard production vehicles would make it anyway!

Just in relation to cars (there are also bike and truck categories):

Previously there were several modified categories: T2 (production 4x4s modified for competition), T3 (prototypes such as buggies, which factory teams were not allowed to enter) and other 4x4s such as Protrucks from the SCORE Desert Challenge series. All such vehicles have now been reclassified in a single division that will be known as T2 (although the regulations are much freer than they were for the old category of the same name). From now on, factory teams will be permitted to enter buggy-style prototypes.

No minimum production run is required in order for a car to be eligible, but all T2 entries (with a minimum of four wheels and a maximum of eight) must comply with international regulations governing the construction and use of road vehicles. They must also have a full range of safety equipment (eg roll cage, harness-type belts, fire extinguisher and FT3-standard fuel tank). Minimum weight will depend on engine size and the type of drivetrain being used. For instance, the minimum limit for a vehicle with an engine of 3001 to 3500 cc will be 1750 kg if it has four driven wheels but 1220 kg if it has only two.

Manufacturers have a free choice of engines, gearboxes, differentials, driveshafts and suspension components, although no forced induction is permitted for petrol-driven vehicles of more than 2000 cc. All petrol and diesel engines will be fitted with specific air restrictors. Finally, the degree of suspension travel will be limited for vehicles with four-wheel drive.

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it looks like a spider from the front...not the most attractive car but if it does the job then good on them :)
 

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Have a squiz at the SBS coverage of the Dakar, 7pm weeknights. Last night they had a feature on the VW Tourareg (sp?) which bears only slightly more resemblance to the normal vehicle than the "Focus". On a slightly refreshing change after the GRM Monaro the VW engine was smaller, a 2.3L 5 cyl turbo diesel - one bank of the road car's V10!
 

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TIKFD6 said:
No Sh*t Tim.
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Well, a few people obviously didn't know! Stop post whoring! :zzz:

:edit: After Stage 7:The first of the Schlesser Fords is currently third overall, 20 minutes behind the two leading Mitsubishis. Car 200 (Schlesser and Lurquin) also hold the outright lead in the two wheel drive class, but Car 209 (Servia and Borsotto) have slipped right down the order to 61st overall, a whopping 8 hours 12 minutes off the leader.

Said Jean-Louis Schlesser (FRA - Schlesser Ford, 3rd) - 200
"We didn't meet any big difficulties. We just damaged the rear tyre but that's nothing. The car works well. In this kind of special, one has to keep a good rhythm all day. If you don't you're quickly adrift. In 2001, we went through the same erg but this time the sand was a lot softer. It's getting tougher. We managed to climb up the standings but the two Mitsubishi cars are untouchable. It'll depend on their mistakes." :edit:

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Great news on the focii. Keep us posted!
 

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After stage 9, the Ford is in outright third to the two leading Mitsubishi's, a seemingly massive gap of 2h 22' 28" behind the leader. However, the closest competitor (BMW X5 - DE MEVIUS / GUEHENNEC) in fourth place is over an hour and a half behind Schlesser.

Said Jean-Louis Schlesser:
"Everything went well although it was hard. It was a though day. To finish in the night made us lose at least 15min. There were no major difficulties even though some passages were tricky. We went slowly at the beginning because we didn't want to puncture like the other days."

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Stage 12: The Schlesser Ford finished second on stage 12, behind the BMW X5. Jean Louis Schlesser is still third overall, behind the two leading Mitsubishi's of Peterhansel and Masuoka.

The Paris to Dakar rally introduced a new system this year, called Alarm Speed Village. Due to the large distances and amount of villages the competitors tour thru, traditional speed cameras are too impractical. Using GPS, the organisers can monitor the cars speed thru villages, which is limited to 30kmh (18mph). When a competitor enters a speed restricted zone, their GPS flashes telling them they must slow to the safe speed, in the interest of the locals safety. Any speeders are informed to the organisers by the GPS system.

Only 5 stages remaining, the Schlesser Ford is 2 hours behind the leader, one hour behind second place. The team will need some good luck for a win, but anything can happen in Rally Raid!

Cheers....... Tim!
 

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Anyone see last night's update? Also, I wonder how standard those BMWs are, they look the same shape as the road cars, but by the way they're going there's obviously more too it. Smart move to keep such a strong resemblance though, compared to the Volkswagens or dare I say it the "Focuses".
 

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I think they are a diesil powered unit, most likely V8. I think they mentioned it on last nites update.
 
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