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Ford Focus RS

Ford Focus RS


Ford unveiled today a collection of just five Focus RS cars in unique color schemes, each paying tribute to the Ford cars which made
’blue oval’ history at the Le Mans 24 Hours . The five cars will be seen in action at the 2010 Le Mans Classic in July.

The list of five special Focus RS models will include: a black with silver stripes edition that pays tribute to a Ford Mk II, which was victorious in 1966; a red model with white stripes that is recalling the Mk IV which won in 1967; a white model with a thin blue center stripe surrounded by a red border that pays tribute to the beautiful Ford Mk IIB, entered by Ford France in the 1967 Le Mans 24-hours; a two-tone sky blue and orange edition reference to the modern GT40s which dominated Le Mans in 1968 and 1969 and a two-tone white and blue model representing the livery of the Capri RS 2600 which took the Touring category in 1972.

All models will feature a customized interior featuring Recaro seats upholstered in leather and diamond-quilted alcantara, front and back, with stitching that matches the bodywork. They will also feature a gearshift gaiter, hand brake handle, and central arm-rest all upholstered in real leather with a leather safety belt guide for the front seats. Each of the five cars will carry a personalized numbered plaque on the dashboard confirming its exclusivity as part of the collection.

Press release after the jump.


The Ford Focus RS is getting ready for its swan song in the UK and it sure as heck is going out in a blaze of glory with the limited edition Focus RS that will celebrate the model’s end of production with World Rally Championship-style 19" wheels. The new set of wheels, which will be designed with white finished alloys, will be made available for the last few buyers of the Focus RS with an optional set package of £500 - somewhere around $750 in terms of Benjamins.

The Focus RS has been such a hot ticket in that part of the world that, according to David Calder, Ford of Britain’s product manager, the entire Focus RS allocation for the UK is close to being wiped due to the astronomical demand for the car.

"Thanks in a large part to this Focus RS continuing the proud tradition of combining high-performance with practicality and affordability," he said. "We expect demand to be high for these last cars and we’re giving customers the chance to personalize them with this exclusive option."

The Ford Focus RS is powered by a 2.5L 20 V DOHC RS engine mated to a six-speed Ford RS transmission. It develops 300 hp and 440 NM (325 lb-ft.) of torque. The Focus RS can sprint from 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds and can hit a top speed of 163mph.

So if you’re looking at making a Ford Focus RS purchase in that part of the world, you may want to hurry up before all the stocks go kapoot.

Source: Ford Europe

Just about anybody with a cognizant brain would die for an opportunity to sit behind the wheel of the Europe exclusive Ford Focus RS500 limited edition hatchback and take it out for a spin on Ford ’s tab.

Unfortunately, that privilege comes with a few requirements of its own, not the least of which include being a high-profile professional race car driver. WRC driver Mikko Hirvonen fits that bill to a tee so, much to our behest, he was afforded the opportunity to take the RS500 for a drive, a treat that certainly doesn’t help in making us any less jealous of the guy.

In these two videos, the ever-so unflappable Hirvonen gives us a run-down on what it feels to drive the RS500. The first one shows the Finn rally driver taking the car for a tour around Germany’s Eifel region with matching commentary on the handling, performance, and pace of the car. Meanwhile, the second video takes us to the familiar surroundings of the Nurburgring where - you guessed it - Hirvonen is at it again with the RS500, this time blasting the car around the Green Hell with no worries of breaking any speed limits.

Nurburgring video after the jump


The special editionFord Focus RS500 is already sold out, but if you want to buy more than just a simple RS, Ford is offering you an alternative: the MP350 package from Mountune Performance.

Ford says that the MP350 package delivers the same engine modifications as those developed for the exclusive new limited edition Focus RS500. The MP350 package increases the total output from 305 PS to 350 PS, while torque rises by 20 Nm to 460 Nm.

Engine modifications include: a larger intercooler, a larger air filter box, a larger diameter exhaust downpipe and an uprated fuel pump, along with an updated software calibration.

This performance package is the only package approved by Ford and will not invalidate the warranty on the Focus RS . It is an ingenius idea that will allow owners of the Focus RS the upgrade in performance that made the RS500 so popular.

Press release after the jump.

What’s hotter to see than a celebrity that owns a Ford Focus RS ? The answer is pretty simple: a celebrity that owns a Ford Focus RS and knows how to use it.

Lily Allen, one of the UK’s most popular – and vulgar – pop starts was recently photographed getting inside a lime green Ford Focus RS. And while most of us assumed that Allen owned the ride, we never gave any thought into thinking that she knew how to handle one of these bad boys.

But as it turns out, she actually does, and in this video, she shows us that she can pretty much handle doing a reverse 180 without much trouble.

In the words of the bloke who was videotaping the whole proceedings, “she’s pretty good.”

Source: Jalopnik

Ford just revealed the official details on the special edition RS500 set to be revealed at the New York Auto Show. The RS500 will be limited to only 500 units with prices being announced at a later date. Ford will start taking orders in May with the first deliveries being made in September.

The Focus RS500 is powered by an improved version of the 2.5L 20 V DOHC RS engine from the standard RS . The addition of an improved induction kit and a revised exhaust system will allow the engine to deliver a total of 345 hp (up from standard 300) and a peak torque of 339lb ft. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 163 mph.

The RS500 will be painted in matte black with the brake calipers finished in red. The interior will get a plaque on the center console with the car’s edition number.

Updated 03/31/2010: Ford revealed today the first official video of the new Focus RS500. Check it out after the jump!

UPDATE 07/12/2010: Ever wonder what goes on behind the building of a Focus RS500? Wonder no more, fellas. This video will take you behind the scenes on the build-up of a Focus RS500 from scratch and all the way up to the finishing matte touches.

Press release after the jump.

Giving us a little taste of what’s to come in a few days, Ford released a pretty cool testing video of the the new Ford Focus Ford Focus RS500 doing some nighttime testing at the Lomell Proving Ground in Belgium. The new Ford Focus RS500 will be powered by a 2.5-liter turbo engine developed by Mountune that will develop a total of 350 hp. The car will cost around $50K.


The Blue Oval is celebrating 40 years of their Rally Sport lineage with a special edition version of Europe’s hottest hatch, the Ford Focus RS . Known as the Focus RS WRC Edition, this special edition turbocharged sport compact will be limited to only 50 units and will only be sold in Switzerland.

The Focus RS WRC Edition will be powered by the same boosted inline five cylinder engine cranking out a total of 305 HP, with the only changes being made to the car’s exterior. As part of a design contest that took place in the neutral European nation, the winner saw their graphics package applied to a Frozen White Focus RS that rolls around on a set of OZ Superturismo GT wheels measuring 19 inches in diameter, while the interior of the limited edition rally inspired Focus gets autographed by the factory Ford driver and flying Finn Mikko Hirvonen as well as his co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen to complete the authentic World Rally Championship experience.


For those enthusiasts looking for more than the run of the mill Ford Focus RS , we have some very good news for you. Apparently the blue oval is preparing an even hotter version of their hot hatch called the RS Clubsport, as well as an all new RS model based on the next generation Ford Focus that was unveiled in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show.

The future RS Clubsport will be limited to only 500 units and should start showing up in dealer’s showrooms by the end of this year. The car will feature an even more powerful version of the turbocharged 2.5 Liter five cylinder cranking out a total of 350 HP and will be able to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in only 5 seconds and aside from the upgraded power plant, the RS Clubsport will also offer a stiffer, lower suspension and stickier tires for improved handling and a set of lightweight racing buckets to keep the occupants in place as well as an eye catching paintjob.

As great as a Clubsport model might sound, the big news is about the next generation RS. That is because the new car will feature a revolutionary hybrid power train system made up of a 2.0 Liter EcoBoost turbocharged direct injected engine combined with an electrically driven motor. The high performance hybrid drive train will increase the RS’s maximum output all the way up to 300 HP and bring the car’s 0 to 60 MPH sprint time down to five seconds flat while its top speed will be raised to 155 MPH.

Source: AutoExpress

Ford has some big plans for the next generation Focus , a car that is currently enjoyed by everyone from WRC enthusiasts in England to South American grandmothers looking for a fun little grocery getter. Sitting at the top of the Focus food chain is the almighty RS version with its wide arches and 300 HP turbocharged five cylinder engine straight from the factory, however aftermarket tuners like McChip feel that they can make the flagship Focus even better.

Ford Focus RS by Mcchip

Leaving the Focus RS ’s rally bred lines alone, the German computer specialists at McChip DKR are currently offering two different levels of increased performance for the Focus RS . The first is a simple ECU re flash that increases air pressure from the turbo and then adds tells the injectors to squirt just the right amount of fuel in order to keep everything running smoothly. The Stage 1 kit raises the engine’s output up to 345 HP and 384 lb-ft of torque while the RS’s top speed goes up to 168 MPH. If you are a little bit more daring, McChip offers their Stage 2 kit that comes with a similar modified ECU and then adds a new intercooler and free flowing exhaust system. This is good for a total of 401 HP and 451 lb-ft of torque out of the turbo Focus that is now able to do up to 172 MPH, given that there is enough room in front of it.

Press release after the jump.

Source: McChip

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