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Ford Facebook Fans Vote for New Livery on French WRC Round - Web Exclusive

Ford fielded its Fiesta RS World Rally Cars in a stunning black color scheme for the first time in competition at the Rallye de France (29 September - 2 October).

Greg Emmerson
Oct 3, 2011

Following a concerted campaign by fans on the team's Facebook page, the three cars of the Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team will carry the livery which proved so popular during testing in France in June.

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The design is the same as the Fiesta RS WRC usually carry, however, the car's base color is black throughout, with white branding on top.

Ford received a massive vote of approval after the black and white livery was unveiled in the summer. A Facebook group was set up to petition the team to use the new look in a rally, and Ford of Europe motorsport chief Gerard Quinn opted for the Strasbourg-based asphalt round.

"We listened to what our fans wanted and discussed the idea with our partners at Abu Dhabi and Castrol," he said. "They were in favor, and I believe this color scheme allied with lower asphalt suspension created a sexy, mean and moody look to the Fiesta RS WRC. It was one of the potential liveries we discussed when finalising the design for our cars at the start of the year," he said.

The rally returned to Strasbourg, home of the European Parliament, for a second time after its move away from Corsica last year. The city, located on the German border, nestles between the Vosges mountains to the west and the Black Forest to the east.

The new color scheme brought luck to the Ford team, with both driver's scoring points in the top five, and Mikko Hirvonen moving up the points table to sit in equal first position following the exclusion of Petter Solberg from the standings on a technical issue.

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