Ford at Goodwood's Festival of Speed
21st June, 2010
The highly successful Ford Escort Mexico .....|
from London to Mexico and now to Goodwood
Forty years of Ford motor sport success will be
represented when old meets new at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Leading the charge will be the victorious Ford Escort driven by Hannu Mikkola and Gunnar Palm in
the 1970 London–Mexico rally. Starting from Wembley Stadium, where England won the 1966 World Cup,
the race finished 16,000 gruelling miles later in Mexico City, host to the 1970 World Cup.
Ford will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Escort's triumph by taking on the Festival's
challenging 1.16 mile hill climb. The Escorts' success in 1970, taking 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 8th
places, led directly to Ford launching the highly successful and iconic Ford Escort Mexico.
Demonstrating the continued link between production vehicles and motor sport cars will be the new,
limited-edition Ford Focus RS500. With a production run of just 500 examples across Europe, the high
performance Focus RS500 features a 350 PS upgraded engine and hand-applied matt black foil finish,
and is a timely reminder of Ford's motor sport record.
In May, the Focus WRC of Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila won Rally New Zealand providing the
company with its 75th win and making Ford the most successful manufacturer in the history of FIA World
Gerard Quinn, Ford's motor sport manager, said: "There is a direct customer benefit that results
from motor sport 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."
Both the Escort and Focus RS500 will be driven by guest drivers throughout England's Festival of
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is being held from 1st-4th July 2010 at Goodwood, England. Entry is
available with a pre-purchased ticket.