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This is a discussion on Live Out Your Rally Adventure Dreams With This Perfectly Specced Ford Focus RS within the News forums, part of the Site News category; Roll cage? Check. Heavy-duty suspension? Check. Gravel tires? Check. Bed liner wrap? Check. Yep, this Focus has it all. By Brian Silvestro, Jan 16, 2019 ...

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    Live Out Your Rally Adventure Dreams With This Perfectly Specced Ford Focus RS

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    Roll cage? Check. Heavy-duty suspension? Check. Gravel tires? Check. Bed liner wrap? Check. Yep, this Focus has it all.

    By Brian Silvestro, Jan 16, 2019

    Want to live out your wildest rally dreams but don't have the creativity (or skill) to build something yourself? Well, the Team O'Neil Rally School has just the car for you. It's selling one of its Focus RS rally cars, and it's perfectly specced for any sort of off-road adventuring you can think of. You should buy it.

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    This car started out its competitive life as a stage rally car built to run in the American Rally Association championship. It's equipped with an FIA-legal roll cage, a three-way Reiger adjustable suspension, a Mountune performance tune, OZ rally wheels, gravel tires, skid plates, a hydraulic handbrake, a Quaife front differential, and a bunch of other mods to make it race-ready. Assembled for Tim O'Neil (Team O'Neil's founder), it's been entered in the New England Forest Rally twice, taking first in its class in 2017. It's also been raced at the Mt. Washington hillclimb once. According to the listing, it has a total of 518 race miles, including testing. The odometer reads under 6000 miles total.

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    Since then, it's been converted into "overlander" spec, with a Yakima roof rack, LED light bars, bed liner paint (which has been applied over a wrap, so it's removable), and two gas canisters mounted to the cage in the trunk. Team O'Neil claims it's invested over $100,000 into this car, with no expenses spared. It's asking $75,000 or best offer on its website now.

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    That's a whole bunch of money for a Focus, we know, but the amount of development work and equipment that comes along with this car is second to none, so the price makes some sense. And Team O'Neil says it can be converted back to standard rally spec, if that's what you're into.

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    Did I beat @Hoonigan to a story?! Admittedly, it's a different link and you added pictures. lol

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    Love what appears to be bed liner as paint Low maintenance, easy touchup!
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    would really like an honest answer from team oneil why they are selling, what they didnt like about the car or what it wasnt doing for them.

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    Honestly the car could never make a legit rally car because of the AWD setup. It's just not made for that type of usage, and it can't be strengthened either. It's great for the road and day-to-day use, but ultimately it's just not going to work for something extreme like this. That would be my guess as to why they are done with the car.

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    Not a legit rally car my ass. This is what it looked like on its way to its 2017 New England Forest Rally class win:

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    Look, I own the car - But at the end of the day I don't think any serious independent team would continue running this car because of it's setup. You need a normal fully mechanical setup in the rear.

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    I'd imagine it's more of a cost issue than a mechanical issue - have you been to a stage and seen what the grassroots teams run? Parts and fixing these things aint cheap if the trees start moving. The car's already proven itself capable in the hands of Comrie-Picard and a well funded team.

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    Oh and this car podiumed in an absolutely STACKED mod-all rallycross class. The RS is perfectly capable off-road and this should be a fun purchase for whoever winds up buying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R3d Baron View Post
    I'd imagine it's more of a cost issue than a mechanical issue - have you been to a stage and seen what the grassroots teams run? Parts and fixing these things aint cheap if the trees start moving. The car's already proven itself capable in the hands of Comrie-Picard and a well funded team.
    Yeah, that's more of what I was trying to say. I'm not disputing it performed great - My point was that due to how sophisticated of a car it you'd need to be a wealthy independent team or heavily supported as a factory team to run the car long term.
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