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Rally of Great Britain: Event safety cars

Ford and BP supply diesel-powered safety cars for Rally GB. Ford and BP have joined forces to provide organisers of this weekend's Wales Rally GB with two specially adapted Focus cars to head up their rigorous safety programme for this final...

Ford and BP supply diesel-powered safety cars for Rally GB.

Ford and BP have joined forces to provide organisers of this weekend's Wales Rally GB with two specially adapted Focus cars to head up their rigorous safety programme for this final round of the FIA World Rally Championship. Both cars will be powered by BP Ultimate diesel, an advanced fuel which offers reduced CO2 emissions and improved performance.

The cars will be used as the 0 and 00 safety cars, which will be driven through the gruelling speed tests in the forests of South Wales just minutes before the world's leading rally drivers tackle the same roads at competitive speeds. Their role is a crucial one, allowing organisers to make a final safety check of road conditions, spectator positioning and timing equipment before the special stages are opened to competitors.

The 1800cc turbocharged Focus cars, liveried in a familiar Ford Team RS and BP design, have been prepared to Group N rally specification at Ford Rallye Sport's Boreham facility. Features include Sparco race seats, full race harness for drivers and co-drivers, a roll cage, plumbed-in fire extinguishers, electrical cut off switches and underbody protection for the sump and differentials.

Additional Group N 'plus' facilities include bigger front brakes, a limited slip differential and revised final drive gearing to provide better low speed acceleration.

Ford Team RS director Jost Capito said the company was delighted to make the cars available to Wales Rally GB. "Safety is the most important aspect of rallying and Ford are delighted to make a contribution towards the impressive safety plan put in place by the organisers. The cars have been prepared to withstand the rigours of the Welsh forest roads and, along with the performance provided by BP Ultimate, I'm sure they will fulfil a perfect job during the weekend," he said.

Philip New, BP's director of product strategy, said the company was pleased to showcase BP Ultimate diesel in rallying. "BP is delighted to use the opportunity of the first diesel safety cars in rallying, powered with BP Ultimate Diesel, to demonstrate publicly that the new generation of diesel technology and diesel fuels now offer all drivers a winning combination of performance and reliability, combined with a significant reduction in noise and harmful emissions such as hydrocarbons, smoke and CO2," he said.

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