This is just a selection of some of the make’s achievements during its lengthy and hugely successful stint competing on the global stage.
Three FIA World Rally Championship manufacturers’ titles - 1979, 2006 and 2007
Two FIA World Rally Championship drivers’ titles - 1979 Bjorn Waldegard and 1981 Ari Vatanen
308 rallies contested
82 wins: Ford Focus WRC 44, Ford Escort 31, Ford Fiesta RS WRC 6, Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 1
158 consecutive points finishes, from 2002 Rallye Monte-Carlo to 2012 RallyRACC-Rally de Espana
Eight 1-2-3 finishes
21 1-2 finishes
One 1-2-3-4 finish 1979 Rally New Zealand
24 consecutive podium finishes from 2008 Jordan to 2010 Sweden
13 wins in Greece, Ford’s most successful rally
14 victories registered by MIkko Hirvonen, Ford’s most successful driver (Marcus Gronholm scored 12 wins with the Blue Oval, Colin McRae nine)
24 different rallies won
18 different drivers have won in Ford cars
1997: the year when M-Sport took on the running of Ford’s factory programme in the WRC and the year the new partnership scored its first victory (in Greece with Carlos Sainz and Luis Moya)
Five consecutive wins in 2009 - Italy, Greece, Poland, Finland and Australia
Unquantifiable: just how much we’re all going to miss them...
Images from the WRC 2012 Rally Italia Sardegna
Images from the WRC 2012 Rallye France Alsace.