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Cosworth name ready to return

FORD looks set to bring back its famed range-topping performance derivatives with the unveiling of the rally-inspired Cosworth Focus. In the UK Ford ultimately dropped its sporting line-up of RS, XR and Cosworth models due to pressure from insurance companies which made the cars almost uninsurable in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

However, the new Ford Cosworth Focus could go into production, according to president and chief executive officer Jac Nasser.

Nasser claimed that the 'jury was still out' on a decision although it was 'a hung jury', but it is expected that the Focus Cosworth will see Ford bring back the famed sporting heritage to mainstream production models following its purchase of the Cosworth company from Audi last year.

The concept Cosworth Focus is powered by a Cosworth-developed 2.0-litre turbocharged and intercooled Zetec E engine producing more than 200bhp. The car also features lowered suspension, front and rear anti-roll bars, adjustable shock absorbers, larger front and rear disc brakes than the conventional Focus, 18in alloy wheels, front bumper with integral fog lamps, roof-mounted spoiler, Recaro front seats and unique instrumentation.

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