Ford Performance has announced that new FIA World Rallycross Championship team Hoonigan Racing Division will race a brand new Ford Focus RS at all 12 rounds of the World Championship this season.

The team’s drivers, America’s Ken Block and Norway’s Andreas Bakkerud, will debut the new M-Sport built car at the opening round of World RX in Portugal next month.

"I'm really happy to be expanding my relationship with Ford Performance," said Block. "To have official factory support for my race season in 2016 and beyond as I enter the FIA World Rallycross Championship full-time is absolutely incredible. It opens up a ton of powerful resources that myself and my team will be able to benefit from in terms of engineering prowess, research, development and racing experience from different fields. Plus, have you seen the car that they've created for me to go race in? My mind was blown when they showed it to me in Dearborn a few months ago. I absolutely cannot wait to get behind the wheel and start testing."

The Focus was first teased to the public at the end of Block’s latest YouTube video, Gymkhana 8, earlier this week.

Global director of Ford Performance, Dave Pericak, sees the Focus World RX car as a natural progression of Ford’s RS brand. “RS is a worldwide brand with a rich heritage that motorsports enthusiasts know and love,” he said. “Our RS badge has a natural connection to racing, and we have a passionate, dedicated team on the project. We’re excited to honor the history of Rallye Sport by pushing every aspect of performance and design to the limit.”

The Focus is being built at M-Sport’s facility in the UK, the team having previously constructed the Ford Fiesta that Block raced in Norway and France in World RX 2014, where he finished third and fourth respectively.


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