Developed by Ford back in 1999 as a replacement to the Ford Escort RS Cosworth, the Ford Focus RS WRC features a front transversely-mounted, Garett turbocharged Ford Zetec E inline-4 engine and a 6 speed sequential transmission by Xtrac.
The Focus RS debuted in 1999's Monte Carlo Rally with Colin McRae and Simon Jean-Joseph, it set impressive stage times however McRae and Jean-Joseph were forfeited after both the cars were caught using an illegal water pump. Later that year, McRae won the Safari Rally with the Focus, finishing over 15 minutes ahead the second placed Didier Auriol in his Toyota Corolla WRC. It also won 33º TAP Rallye de Portugal in the same year.
The Focus RS would later won many rallies from 2000 to 2002, which were earned by McRae and Carlos Sainz.
The car made its first appearance in Colin McRae Rally 3, and has made a brief hiatus since Colin McRae Rally 2005. The car finally reappeared in the DiRT Rally Flying Finland Update, and appeared again in DiRT 4.