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Ford is releasing a series of Focus RS tech vids over the next few weeks - here's the teaser!


Forget the Mission E, the Jaguar F-Pace or the Bentley Bentayga; the big news from Frankfurt was that the Focus RS would cost less than £30K and hit 62mph in 4.7 seconds. Just in case the excitement wasn't running high enough!

But we're still a little way from driving the Focus RS, and customers won't receive their cars until next year. Sure, it will come round quick enough, but there will be plenty more to say about the car before then. Ford will be doing this through a series of tech vids, covering everything from design to crash simulation to Arctic testing. Naturally because this is a fast Ford, Lord Block will feature at some point too.

The Ford teaser is predictably rather dramatic but it looks set to be an informative and entertaining series of vids. Over the coming weeks we'll feature the best of these as the Focus RS gets closer and closer - enjoy!

Ford Focus RS: Rebirth of an icon | PistonHeads
 

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Here's what we can expect on a weekly basis:

(First date we know, I'm assuming the following episodes will release on Wednesday's as well.)

09/30/2015
•Episode 1: Project kick-off –Ken Block and Raj Nair debate what the car should deliver, from behind the wheel of an early prototype

10/07/2015
•Episode 2: Design and development–Crunching crashes put the new design to the toughest of tests

10/14/2015
•Episode 3: Hitting the road–A 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) drive through epic terrain takes prototypes from high in the Rocky Mountains to the Arizona desert

10/21/2015
•Episode 4: Test-track trials–Ken Block heads for Ford’s top-secret test facility, and indulges in some “hooning”

10/28/2015
•Episode 5: Arctic extremes–Winter testing in Sweden, and the team is under pressure to improve performance

11/04/2015
•Episode 6: Power struggle–It’s all about performance, as the Ford manufacturing plant in Saarloui, Germany, gears up for production

11/11/2015
•Episode 7: Close scrutiny–The day of the critical sign-off drive follows Ken Block’s headline appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

11/18/2015
•Episode 8: Final chapter–It’s time for the nail-biting management review

Not sure if it was intended but the final episode kicks off right before the LA Auto Show begins...
 

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How cool of Ford to do this. They must be happy with this car.
Ford actually has done this before, and so has GM. They know people like us, with vehicles like this, go crazy over the little things. This though is by far the most elaborate set of Videos for making a vehicle I have seen if that list is correct.
 

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very cool! excited to watch. Funny how they are getting us all to order before we really even know that much about it.
 

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Looking forward to these episodes. :eek:
 

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Looks like great stuff.
 

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The Complete Ford Announcement for "Rebirth of an Icon"

Sep 23, 2015 | COLOGNE, Germany

Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Documentary Reveals the Story Behind the All-New Ford Focus RS – 'Rebirth of an Icon'

•Ford’s new video documentary series goes in-depth and behind the scenes to reveal the story of the all-new Focus RS performance car

•“Rebirth of an Icon” follows the highs and lows, from design studio to worldwide premiere, through extreme testing in the Arctic and Arizona at the hands of RS consultant and Gymkhana superstar Ken Block

•The trailer for the series, which also features Raj Nair, Ford’s group vice president, Global Product Development and chief technical officer, is available to view now at

First of eight weekly episodes goes live on Sept. 30

COLOGNE, Germany, Sept. 23, 2015 – From the searing heat of Arizona to the icy wastes of the Arctic, and from the design studio to the crash lab, Ford Motor Company is revealing the behind-the-scenes story of creating the all-new Focus RS.

“Rebirth of an Icon” shows the development of the latest generation of an automotive icon through a “warts and all” video documentary series filmed during every stage of the vehicle’s evolution.

The inside story of the all-new Focus RS pulls no punches, following the car across the world as Ford Performance engineers and drivers put it to the test under the scrutiny of RS consultant and Gymkhana superstar Ken Block, as well as Ford’s Group Vice President, Global Product Development, and Chief Technical Officer Raj Nair.

“The Focus RS is a unique performance vehicle with an incredible heritage. This creates enormous expectation and intense pressure that demands teamwork, sheer determination and a single-minded focus on delivering the ultimate Focus,” Nair said. “This access-all-areas documentary perfectly captures what is at times a bumpy ride.”

The series trailer is available to view here:

Eight weekly episodes start on Sept. 30:

•Episode 1: Project kickoff – Block and Nair debate what the car should deliver from behind the wheel of an early prototype.

•Episode 2: Design and development – Crunching crashes put the new design to the toughest of tests.

•Episode 3: Hitting the road – A 1,600-kilometre (1,000-mile) drive through epic terrain takes prototypes from high in the Rocky Mountains to the Arizona desert.

•Episode 4: Test-track trials – Block heads for Ford’s top-secret test facility and indulges in some “hooning”

•Episode 5: Arctic extremes – Winter testing in Sweden shows the team is under pressure to improve performance.

•Episode 6: Power struggle – It’s all about performance as the Ford manufacturing plant in Saarlouis, Germany, gears up for production

•Episode 7: Close scrutiny – The day of the critical signoff drive follows Block’s headline appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

•Episode 8: Final chapter – It’s time for the nail-biting management review.

The all-new Focus RS is available to order now for customer delivery in early 2016. The car debuts new Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring for outstanding traction and grip with invigorating agility and cornering speed, and features a specially engineered version of Ford’s new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine delivering a projected 350 horsepower for 4.7-second 0‑100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration.

https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2015/09/23/focus-rs-documentary.html
 

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Rebirth of an Icon video series

Episode 1:
Ken Block shows up at Ford's top secret plant in Michigan to take a prototype RS around their track. Some initial feedback from Ken as well.

 

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I merged these together earlier this morning but it didn't take. It should be fixed now @w3rkn
 
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