At the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed 2010, Ford is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary of motorsport success. The Blue Oval's celebration will be leaded by the iconic victorious Ford Escort driven by Gunnar Palm and Hannu Mikkola in the 1970 London – Mexico rally. Starting from Wembley Stadium, the race finished after exhausting 16,000 miles in Mexico City.

Now, at its 40th anniversary of motorsport success, Ford plans to take on the Festival's challenging 1.16 mile hill climb.

Pleasing the eyes of the fans and demonstrating the link between production vehicles and motorsport cars will be the new, limited-edition Ford Focus RS500, which is strictly limited to 500 examples across Europe. The astonishing Focus RS500 spotlights a 350 horsepower enhanced powerplant and hand-applied matt black foil finish.

Gerard Quinn, Ford's motorsport manager, shared: "There is a direct customer benefit that results from motorsport 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 iconic Escort and newly-developed Focus RS500 will be driven by guest drivers the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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