18 Dec 2008

Ford committed to WRC

6:07 am on 18 December 2008

Ford are committed to staying in the world rally championship next season despite the global economic crisis forcing out Japanese manufacturers Subaru and Suzuki.

The company said in a statement that involvement in WRC benefits them in various ways, providing a big impetus to their product reputation and sales.

Ford were champions in 2006 and 2007 but, with plunging sales worldwide, the parent company is seeking a line of credit from the U.S. government.

Three of the six teams in this year's manufacturers' championship were Ford-backed.

Citroen, with France's five-times champion Sebastien Loeb, are set to be the only other works-funded team in the full 12-rally manufacturers' championship, although numerous privately-run entries will compete in limited events.