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Ford Focus RS review: The super hatch has landed

May 26, 2016 - 1:08 PM - by Hoonigan
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By Alistair Charlton, May 26, 2016

Few cars have a family tree as iconic, evocative and downright impressive as the new Ford Focus RS: the Escort RS Mexico, the Sierra and Escort RS Cosworths and of course the first two generations of Focus RS. All of these cars brought power to the people in a way which was practical, affordable and fun. They made their drivers feel like they were on a rally stage or racetrack every time they popped to the shops.

And now all of these RS badge-wearers are worth far, far more than when they were new, promoting them into the stuff of legend.

Step forward the Focus RS Mk3, teased by Ford for months before it burst onto the scene in January 2016. A car that brings four-wheel drive to the Focus for the first time, and has almost 350 horsepower, 'Drift mode', and so many awards and accolades that Ford's mantelpiece needs reinforcing.

So is this car worthy of the hallowed RS badge? Is it the ultimate daily driver? Or has Ford's pursuit to turn a hot hatch into a super hatch taken the Focus too far from its everyday roots? Let's find out.

Hot hatch design has always divided opinion. Some love their bigger wheels, wider bodies and louder exhausts while others see little difference between these rally relations and the souped-up shopping cars you might see outside a fast-food restaurant late on a Saturday night.

The new RS continues this tradition by sprinkling the common-or-garden Focus with all the usual extras; the body is bulging, the alloys are bigger, the exhaust is loud, the seats are racing buckets and the whole car exudes a menace which warns you not to mess with it. These details all appeal to me, a child of the 1990s who grew up on a diet of Need For Speed: Underground and Fast Ford magazine, but I can understand those who simply don't get it. They can opt for the equally quick but far more subtle Volkswagen Golf R instead.

Inside, the Ford is far more restrained. The interior is almost identical to the regular Focus save for some blue stitching, an RS badge on the wheel, and three extra gauges on... [Read More]
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How the Ford Focus RS passed the 'pothole test'

May 26, 2016 - 4:06 AM - by Hoonigan
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Focus RS chief engineer talks about his fight to make it all-wheel drive, and its rigorous testing regime, which included 50mph runs over potholes

by Julian Rendell, 25 May 2016

Sitting resplendent outside the Autocar Awards last night was a shiny, Nitrous Blue Ford Focus RS, a car that two hours later would snaffle a brace of gongs.

And standing next to the 345bhp bruiser was its chief engineer, Tyrone Johnson, a guest who’d flown in overnight from Germany.

For blokes like Johnson, who have lived-and-breathed a project for three-and-a-half years, these moments must be sweet: public recognition of his team’s efforts and a chance to mingle with other car industry achievers.

But at the back of his mind, he was still the engineer at work: “I can tell you a detail about what went into this car that sums up how thorough we were.”

I’d never heard of Ford’s ‘pothole test', but I have now. Every Ford model has to pass this version of automotive torture, in which a prototype has to survive unscathed after 560 drive-overs at 50mph. The pothole itself is many inches deep and edged with steel reinforcement.

"I don’t now why it’s 560 times. But that’s what we had to pass," he smiles.

"You can pass it by tightening the rebound damping so the wheel doesn’t move, but that obviously compromises the handling. Let me tell you what happened to one of our competitors when we put it through the pothole test, all the suspension and steering bent, including the subframe."

Johnson became involved in the Focus RS project at an early stage, but after the basic project definition.

As a result, he was handed a two-wheel drive design with a budget to match.

In the six months set aside to produce a watertight, production plan, however, it became clear that four-wheel drive was essential to match the power output necessary for the required performance. His next challenge was to fight for a budget to make that happen.

"Raj Nair [Ford’s head of... [Read More]
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First contact: Ford Focus RS

May 25, 2016 - 2:16 PM - by Hoonigan
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By Sorin Petcu, May 25, 2016

The iconic RS badge has finally returned and it is more track-focused than ever, as it comes with all sorts of engineering goodies to make the “innocent” Focus one of the most engaging hot-hatches out there. And, at the end of the day, it will also let you crave for more.

I clearly remember the last time I drove a Focus RS. That memory is still alive in my mind. It was way back in 2010, when Ford was preparing to end its production, and I was wondering if the Blue Oval would ever match again the lunacy of that thirsty 300 horsepower 5-pot 2.5-litre turbo engine sitting on a well-balanced chassis that was relying only on a front-wheel drive layout. And then, later in the year, the cherry on top came through the limited edition hard-cored RS 500, the swan song of the second generation Focus hot-hatch.

It seemed like a crazy idea to throw 350 horsepower to the front, but that ultimate edition proved that Ford’s performance division is one of the most skilled in the business, on the same level with Renault’s Sport Technologies unit. It is not an easy task to transform an ordinary family hatch into a thrilling one, but Ford managed to offer back than one the most capable front-drive cars ever produced. Therefore, the new Focus RS must live up to some high expectations.

First of all, some technical detailing is in order. It is powered by a 4-cyilinder 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, lifted from the Mustang, an all-aluminum unit that brings 350 PS and catapulting the hatch in supercar territory, from 0 to 100 km/h in 4,7 seconds, nearly one second faster than the “old” RS 500. And now, the big news really comes. No more torture for the front wheels, as there is an all-wheel-drive system with dynamic torque vectoring. The system made by GKN is based on twin electronically-controlled clutch packs on each side of the rear to manage the car’s front and rear torque split, also controlling the side-to-side torque distribution on the rear axle.

What does this actually mean? It should dramatically improve the handling by sending a... [Read More]
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The award for best performance goes to…

May 25, 2016 - 7:52 AM - by Hoonigan
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May 25, 2016

Our Focus RS is one of the most acclaimed cars in recent years, with awards including Top Gear’s Car of the Year 2016. Now the engineer who led the project has achieved a top award too.

It is three years since Tyrone Johnson was first tasked with creating a ground-breaking, all-wheel drive hot-hatch — and now he has been named Engineer of the Year 2016, by Autocar.

“I’m energised by the team I lead. This award is for them all,” said Johnson whose team helped the 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine-powered Focus RS to generate 350 PS, achieve 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds, and hit a top speed of 165 mph.

“Tyrone was asked to reinvent an icon, and he and his team have achieved it in the most spectacular fashion, creating old-school thrills in a totally modern package”, said Autocar’s editorial director Jim Holder. “The new Focus RS heads our league table for delivering ‘on-the-edge’ thrills when you really want to push”.

Well done, Tyrone and team.

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