Colin McRae’s 2001 Ford Focus World Rally Car is set to fetch huge sums at auction

The car that destroyed the Scottish rally legend in the final rally of the 2001 season has been restored to its original World Rally Championship trim.

the Ford Focus World Rally Car this legendary Scottish driver Colin McRae famous, while the leading Rally GB – which cost him and co-driver Nicky Grist the world championship – will be auctioned in the UK next month.

It is expected to be sold £300,000-£350,000 (AU$570,000 to AU$660,000).

McRae joined Ford in 1999 after five successful years on the Subaru World Rally Team, where the Scotsman was crowned world champion in 1995.

He followed that title success with a third and two second places in the World Championship before accepting a £6million (AU$11.4million) offer to join Ford, making him the highest-paid rally driver in history at the time.

While McRae missed out on title success at Ford in 1999 and 2000, the following year looked much more promising. McRae and Grist won three consecutive rallies to set up a title showdown with Subaru’s Richard Burns en route to the season-ending Rally Great Britain.

But when McRae spectacularly swooped off the lead and sent his Focus into a series of roles from which both he and Grist luckily got away, the title went to Burns.

The Destroyed Focus – Registration Y4 FMC – was converted by the Ford factory M-Sport team and used in selected rallies in 2002 before passing into the hands of private drivers.

Now it has been brought back to life in its period-correct Martini livery and meticulously restored to full 2001-era WRC specification – sequential gearbox, four-wheel drive, suspension and brakes.

It also comes with its fully documented history including its all important official FIA passport technique, a full set of the specific homologation papers relating to it Y4 FMCand detailed setup information from M-Sport.

The Ford Focus WRC will be auctioned by Silverstone Auctions and will go under the hammer on March 5, 2022.

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Rob Margaret

Rob Margeit has been an automotive journalist for over 20 years, covering both motorsport and the automotive industry. Rob joined CarAdvice in 2016 after a long career at Australian Consolidated Press. Rob reports on automotive news and reviews, and also writes in-depth feature articles on historically significant cars and automakers. He also loves discovering obscure role models and researching their origins and history.

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