SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 05, 2016 – The sale of the first all-new Ford Focus RS performance car fetched $550,000 for charity at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction at WestWorld. The one-of-a-kind Magnetic Gray Focus RS was auctioned by Ford Motor Company at no reserve, with proceeds benefiting JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research.
“Supporting JDRF is hugely important to myself, my family and Ford Motor Company,” said Henry Ford III, global marketing manager, Ford Performance. “Since this represents the first time the legendary Focus RS is available in the United States, we expected the auction of this long-awaited car to command the attention of enthusiasts. We are happy for the winning bidder, who now owns a truly unique performance car, and thrilled that significant funds will go to JDRF.”
The new Focus RS goes on sale in North America this spring. The winner of Barrett-Jackson lot No. 3009 now has the only Focus RS in North America wearing Ford’s unique magnetic paint color. Designed and engineered to deliver owners a highly track-capable hot hatch, Ford Focus RS is packed with cutting-edge technology including all-new Ford Performance torque-vectoring all-wheel drive.
Focus RS is powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that sends 350 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque to all four wheels simultaneously. Other features include 19-inch premium painted alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Super Sport tires, unique RS front fascia and grille, distinctive headlamps and fog lamps, redesigned rear wing for added downforce, and RS sport exhaust with dual bright tips. Complete vehicle specs and images of the car can be found here.
“JDRF appreciates the continued support from Ford Motor Company, and is honored to have been a part of the 45th anniversary Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction,” said Derek Rapp, JDRF president and CEO. “As the leader in type 1 diabetes research, JDRF is proud of our longtime relationship with Ford. That history and partnership is essential in pursuit of our shared vision of a world without type 1 diabetes.”
Together, Ford Motor Company and Barrett-Jackson have raised more than $8 million at various auctions benefiting local and national charities over the years.
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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 199,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence and a working plan to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $568 million in charitable research in 17 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.jdrf.org/.