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Ken Block shows off his 447kW Ford Focus RS RX in Portugal

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Ken Block and teammate Andreas Bakkerud are set to race their new Ford Focus RS RX at this season’s Bompiso Rallycross in Portugal.

The Bompiso circuit presents a unique challenge for race engineers: at 1,800 metres above sea level, it is the highest event on the World RX calendar and engines need to be finely tuned to deal with the high altitude.

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The new rallycross optimised vehicles are all-wheel drive and tuned to 447kW (600hp). According to Hoonigan, the RS RX should be capable of sprinting from a 0-97km/h (60 mph) in less than two seconds.

The Focus RS RX development was a global collaboration between Ford Performance, Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division and U.K.-based M-Sport.

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Hoonigan is one of twenty-three teams that will go head-to-head in Portugal over four qualifying sessions, two semi-finals, and one final.

The team is set to qualify on Saturday April 16 from 14:00-15:45 CET, while the semi-finals will take place on Sunday April 17 at 10:30 and 11:30 CET.  Sunday’s final will be at 15:00 CET.

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