Colin McRae’s Ford Focus World Rally Car breaks sales record

Car that cost McRae his second World Championship after a series of barrel rolls sold for £423,000

Colin McRae’s Ford Focus World Rally Car breaks sales record

Colin McRae’s 2001 Ford Focus World Rally Car has been sold for over £423,000 in a record-breaking auction.

The car had a guide price of just £300,000 to £350,000.

Returned to its original 2001 glory, the M-Sport-built car took the late Colin McRae and co-driver Nicky Grist to their maiden win for the official Ford World Rally team.

It was in this car, that Colin and Nicky, who had also won the Argentina and Cyprus rallies, were poised to win the World Championship going head-to-head with the late Richard Burns.

But it was Y4 FMC that made headline sporting news in the Network Q Rally of Great Britain, when it famously launched into a spectacular series of barrel rolls, ultimately costing Colin his second World Championship, forcing him to concede the title to Richard Burns.

The car was subsequently rebuilt by the factory M-Sport Ford team and used again in selected rounds of the 2002 World Rally Championship, before being sold and used in the British BTRDA stage rally on the national circuit.

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