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The new Focus RS is awesome, never be quite as awesome as its Cosworth grandfather

May 12, 2017 - 11:41 PM - by Paolo
By Peter Anderson
11th May, 2017




Well, we say grandfather but really, the Ford Escort RS Cosworth, to give it its proper title (and we should given its advancing age), is the current Focus RS's great grandfather because it's another even older car with different clothes on.

The first Escort RS Cosworth rolled off the line in 1992. Carmakers used to have to make cars like this to satisfy the FIA's Group A rally competition rules, with Ford intending to put the car to work in the World Rally Championship, then about to enter its four-wheel drive turbo heyday. It had to go up against the Lancia Delta Integrale and the might of Mitsubishi and Subaru.


Carmakers used to have to make cars like this to satisfy the FIA's Group A rally competition rules.

Thing is, it wasn't really an Escort, not once Ford's Special Vehicle Engineering (SVE) were done with it. Apart from some of the interior, there wasn't actually much left of the donor car. Just looking at it, you could see the huge blistered arches were too much of a stretch for the standard Escort's dumpy body and if you parked an Escort Cossie next to a normal Escort, you'd see that the cars weren't the same size.

The panels came from outside supplier Karmann.

So different were they that the panels came from outside supplier Karmann. And the reason they were so different is that underneath, this was a shortened Sierra Cosworth. The Focus RS? It's a third-generation Focus from start to finish, with some aero to keep it stuck to the ground, not a... [Read More]
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Ford Focus RS Backs Up Bold Color Choice

May 06, 2017 - 5:11 AM - by Paolo
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Casey Williams
May 5th,

Any car bold enough to wear Nitrous Blue paint and a wing on its hatch better be able to back it up. When its badges include “Ford” and “Focus”, one has to wonder about its fortitude. But, this is no average five-door grocery getter. Look a little closer and you’ll notice RS badges. I’m not sure what those letters stand for, but we’ll go with “Really Special.”

Styling Means Business
From the moment you encounter it, you know the Focus RS means business. An aggressive trapezoidal grille and facia, lower splitter, and the big rear wing are big first clues. Notice also 19-inch wheels, gaping openings for engine cooling, brake cooling ducts, and vertically-mounted LED foglamps. Peek through the wheels to see blue Brembo four-piston brake calipers. All of the accoutrement is no joke; it’s all designed to help the RS go fast and stay fast.

The basic body shell is shared with other Focus five-doors, which means you can flip down the rear seats and throw a bicycle through the hatch, click in a child seat, or settle in for a comfy daily commute. But, that’s where the normality of owning a Focus ends. Rib-hugging RECARO seats, flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel, and dashtop gauges for turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure slap your face to the power within.

Stylists dressed it up with contrasting blue stitching on the seats and steering wheel, seatback RS badging, and sill plates. Crank the 10-speaker Sony audio system, adjust the automatic climate control, and set navigation for a fun trip – whether that’s cross country or just to the bar.

No Empty Swagger
Slaying the idea of empty swagger is a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine, producing 350 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Making sure all of that muscle goes to good use, the car directs power through an all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring that over-rotates the rear wheels to sharpen... [Read More]
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Finding the Focus RS's Limits at Ford's Free Driving School

May 03, 2017 - 1:11 AM - by Paolo
BY CHRIS PERKINS
MAY 2, 2017



Ford includes one day of free driving instruction with each new Focus RS. We went to RS Adrenaline Academy to learn the limits of the Drift Mode hot-hatch.

The Ford Focus RS gives you all the tools you need to become a better track driver. It's quick enough to be entertaining without being dangerous, and its clever all-wheel drive system doesn't leave you in understeer purgatory just for traction's sake. Ford also throws in something with each new Focus RS designed to help every driver get the most out of their car—RS Adrenaline Academy.

It's not publicized as much as, say, the Focus RS's Drift Mode, but Ford offers a one-day performance driving school free with every $36,000 hatch. The RS Adrenaline Academy is held at the Ford Performance Racing School at Utah Motorsports Campus—formerly Miller Motorsports Park—just outside Salt Lake City. Ford invited us down to check out a condensed version of the program–and being the trackday novice in the R&T crew, I volunteered to attend.

The day consists of three sections—a road course, an "urban" autocross, and, naturally, a drift circle. My group started on the road course, specifically Utah Motorsports Campus' medium-speed 15-turn east course. It's a challenging little circuit for an amateur, with some fast sweepers, tight hairpins, and an especially tricky segment of downhill esses.

Behind the wheel of the Focus RS, you end up spending most time in second, third and fourth gear. In fact, thanks to the RS's nice low-end torque, third is fine for even the slowest corners, but that's not the quickest (or most exciting) way around.

The instructors had us start off with lead-follow laps, two students per instructor, each driving a brand-new Focus RS provided by the school. Quickly, we got up to speed, and the instructor increased the pace right up to where I felt comfortable.

It didn't take long to get used to the RS—credit its linear power delivery, and its very approachable handling limits. When you're driving, you know the RS's clever all-wheel drive system is always there, helping you put power down, compensating for your... [Read More]
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