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53 Cool Concepts… Part XXVIII

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I love Rally Cars…  They look like hot hatchbacks that you can run to the dealership and buy.  Subaru WRX STis, Mitsubishi Evos and Ford Focus RSs… as well as cars that aren’t sold in the US like Citroens, Skodas and Peugots.

But, Rally Cars are just cool…  Too much power and incredibly light weight.  All wheel drive.

Not only are they incredibly tough, but they are also very versatile, racing on surfaces from dirt to gravel to tarmac to snow.

Subaru and Mitsubishi have leveraged their Rally presence into VERY powerful brands.  The WRX STi and Evo are widely regarded as contenders… despite the World Rally Championship being fought mostly between Ford and Citroen.

Andy Priaulx driving a Ford Focus RS WRC 07 at...
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Ford, on the other hand, is almost invisible in the US with marketing the Rally capability of the Focus RS.

Ken Block will be racing for Ford next year… the Red Bull Team.  He ran a partial schedule this year, but should be running the full season in 2011.

I think that the timing is perfect for Ford to amp up their presence and really promote their association with WRC.  Perhaps a good start would be offering an ultra high performance version of the car in one specific color scheme… reflecting Block’s livery.  After all, he is the only American in WRC.

Ford… Let’s do this!

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Motoring Monday… WRC Sweden

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My favorite motor sport is World Rally Championship (WRC).  It is the motocross of auto racing.  It is truly 3 dimensional, as the cars can get significant air time in addition to turning left and right.

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Motoring Monday… WRC

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The 2009 World Rally Championship is over… and the 2010 World Rally Championship will begin in about a month.

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Ken Block, Ford, WRC?

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I have posted several Ken Block – Subaru – Monster Energy Drink videos here on my blog.  The guy is an AMAZING talent behind the wheel.  He has been running the Rally America series since 2005, and has been a crowd favorite.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic (and Pacific), the World Rally Championship (WRC) has lost American viewership.  Aside from there no American drivers or teams, the series hasn’t been televised in the US for a couple of years.

Now, Ken Block seems to be in negotiation with Ford to campaign a Monster Energy sponsored car for them, along with Chris Atkinson.

Check out the stories on Autosport and The Garage.

It would be really nice to have WRC events on TV here again…

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Snow Day! Video Sunday…

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If you haven’t heard, it snowed in the Atlanta area today.  We had to take hockey boy to practice… so we went out in it.  It wasn’t bad, but it did remind me of something.

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