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Inside Lane Performance Car of the Year 2016: Ford Focus RS

Dec 08, 2016 - 4:44 PM - by Hoonigan
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8 December 2016

There were many strong contenders for Performance Car of the Year in 2016. As car enthusiasts we were totally spoilt for choice has the worlds top engineers came out to play. The Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe is hilarious fun, Porsche’s Cayman GT4 is one of the most accomplished packages I have ever driven. However, whenever you consider the complete offering there was one car in particular that presented unrivalled “bangs for your bucks” this year. Maybe predictably, the 2016 Performance Car of the Year is the Ford Focus RS.

This hot hatchback has really taken the world by storm and immediately became the media’s darling upon its launch. The hot hatch recipe has remained the same as it has done with every fast Ford. Take an attainable family car, add a generous helping of performance, and undercut key rivals in the showroom. When it comes to the Focus RS it also wields AWD, something of a necessity in todays hot hatchback kingdom.

Dispensing its 345bhp with incredible efficiency, the RS will literally take your breath away with its WRC inspired launch to 62mph of just 4.7 seconds. Sticky rubber in each corner and a confidence inspiring chassis balance, it is quite the weapon on country roads.

Yet, once you have finished with “Drift Mode” and just need to go to the supermarket, it is a Focus once again. Option the car in something more subtle than Nitrous Blue and you might even be able to persuade your other half that it is the perfect car for the household.

Inside Lane Performance Car of the Year 2016, the Ford Focus RS.

Check out this hot hatchback in its written article and video review: First Drive: 2016 Ford Focus RS - Inside Lane

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The Ford Focus RS' Drift Mode Is Actually Way Faster Than You'd Expect

Dec 08, 2016 - 2:03 PM - by Hoonigan
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by Raphael Orlove, 8 December 2016

We recently got our hands on a Ford Focus RS to see if the much-ballyhooed Drift Mode is actually any faster than the carís more normal high-performance Track Mode, or if Drift Mode was just a bunch of pointless powersliding. As it turns out, on loose surfaces, Drift Mode is way, way, way faster than we expected.

Drift Mode, as youíll recall, sends more power to the all-wheel drive Focus RSí back wheels and also softens the dampers and steering to make it easier to catch the slide. We found it pretty easy to use on our first drive. But we had to test it further.

This is Team OíNeil Rally Schoolís somewhat-modified Ford Focus RS demo car. It has: new rally-spec Bilstein shocks, a Mountune tune for a bit of extra power, and no ABS. The ABS would have cut in and made us skid into a tree, if that explains anything.

Other than those tweaks, this was still a Focus RS with its Drift Mode. I drove it to see how it feels (hilarious) and 2011 two-wheel drive national Rally America champion Wyatt Knox tested the car against the clock to see which mode was faster.

Over the short snow-and-gravel course Wyatt and Team OíNeil set up, Drift Mode was a massive five second quicker than track mode.

Watch the whole video for Wyatt explaining why, on the loose, Drift Mode is so much quicker.

The Ford Focus RS' Drift Mode Is Actually Way Faster Than You'd Expect
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Ford Focus RS: PH Fleet

Dec 08, 2016 - 1:56 PM - by Hoonigan
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Ford Focus RS: PH Fleet

by Dan Trent, December 08, 2016

Winter roads are here; is the Focus RS in its element in the elements though?

Luck would have it I pulled rank and bagged the Focus just as the weather took a turn for the seasonal. A perfect opportunity for the Focus to show going all-wheel drive is about more than just drifting.

Before I get to that though, some quick practical observations. I know it's actually against the rules to write about this car and not slag the seats off for being mounted too high but I've not found myself as irritated by it as some. Which is odd because my reflex action when getting in any car is to try and slam the seat down to the floor.

Bigger practical problems as I see it are the pitiful luggage space from the raised boot floor and the appalling visibility. I guess the latter will be true of any current Focus; the latter probably won't be but for those with family clutter to shift around the RS is severely limited. Another vote for the Civic if these things matter to you!

Anyway, there are more interesting things to talk about! With long-suffering snapper Sim shivering behind his Nikon I was keen to see how the Focus dealt with the kind of roads that it should, by rights, devour. The kind of roads the Subarus and Evos of a few years back would have ruled supreme; the ones with odd cambers, evil bumps, mixed surfaces and - at this time of year - not a whole lot of grip.

I have to say, I wasn't quite as relaxed in the Focus as I expected. Even with the dampers decoupled into the softer setting the chassis is pretty aggressive, the body control excellent and damping very good but the general set-up perhaps a little too sharp on properly bumpy roads. Combine that with really fast, pointy steering and I was surprised how nervy I felt.

I think the weight has a lot to do with it too. To keep that mass in check the spring and damper rates have to be pretty fierce and generally do a good job. But over rapid fire bumps or on roads with unhelpful cambers you feel the inertia... [Read More]
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