Ford Could Debut New Car Early

Ford could debut their new car before the end of this season

Ford Could Debut New Car Early

Their 2006-spec Ford Focus WRC car is set to be unveiled in September - but has been pencilled in for a competitive outing in November's Rally Australia.

Ford are using an updated version of the 2004 Focus this season, but motorsport boss Joss Capito has told the official WRC website that they want to make the most of stage time for the new car before next season's Monte Carlo opener.

Capito said: "We're hoping to run the new car in September. I hope we'll see it on a rally before the end of the year, but I can't guarantee it. It is important we do our development logically and methodically. So far, we are on schedule."

The car is to be based on the updated road-going Focus, set to be unveiled in March 2006.

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