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(from Ford Press
Release) NEW FORD FOCUS RS: A LEGEND RETURNS
London Motor Show
preview for exciting new Ford Focus RS
performance with 300PS
Torque Biasing limited-slip differential and innovative RevoKnuckle,
for assured handling and traction
exudes high performance intent
BRENTWOOD, July 4, 2008
The legendary Ford RS performance car brand is returning in the
shape of the exciting new Ford Focus RS, which will be previewed on
July 22 at the 2008 London International Motor Show.
The new Focus RS will go on sale in early 2009 and is being created
by a small team of dedicated engineers, under the direction of Jost
Capito, Ford of Europes Vehicle Line Director for Performance
For performance road car enthusiasts, the new model will mark a
welcome return for the Ford RS badge. This will be the second Focus
model to carry the RS mantle and promises another exciting chapter
in an exciting 40-year story that began in Germany in the late 1960s
and gained momentum across Europe with the launch of the 1970 Escort
Capito said: We want the new Focus RS to be a serious high
performance car as much a car for driving enthusiasts as the one
before it and classic Ford RS models of the past. Were staying true
to the core RS principles of an exciting, yet affordable performance
road car you can live with every day.
Authentic RS presence and style
Before it even turns a
wheel, the new Focus RS exudes the presence, sporty style and
lowered, meaner appearance expected of a genuine Ford RS. Overt
performance styling details mix with subtle revisions to create a
planted, powerful stance and the promise of an exciting drive.
The London show car previews the design intent for a final
production vehicle, though as development work continues, some final
details may change before volume production begins.
The vehicle is finished in a special bright green paint with inlaid
metallic flake, a striking, modern interpretation of the 1970s Le
Mans Green of the Escort RS1600 era.
The vibrant exterior colour is contrasted with a number of
performance styling details highlighted in gloss piano black,
including the strip at the leading edge of the bonnet, the deep
housings for the integrated front fog lamps and door mirrors with
integrated side indicators.
Front and rear quarter panels have been revised to incorporate wider
wheel arches and a wider track, complemented by revised, deeper side
rocker mouldings. In another visual reminder of the cars
performance potential, triangular, RS-badged vents sit behind the
front wheel arches. Two classic-style bonnet louvres are both a
styling hint at the power beneath and a practical requirement,
maintaining correct system temperatures.
The completely new front bumper design for Focus RS incorporates a
deep front airdam with a large, mesh lower grille in an extended
trapezoid. Stylish and practical, this prominent feature represents
the latest Ford 'kinetic design' face and also is finished in piano
black. Above, chromed xenon headlamps stand out like cats eyes and
are framed by matt-black housings with unique additional vents
At the rear, a deep new rear bumper incorporates a large venturi
tunnel to its lower edge with small vents at each corner of the
bumper, emphasizing the cars width. Two impressive chromed exhaust
tailpipes sit each side of the black venturi, creating a purposeful
rear view for the car.
Above, a unique, twin-element, black RS rear spoiler sits at the
Focus RS roofline, echoing both RS models of the past and the World
Rally-winning Focus WRC that has been its inspiration.
We believe its vitally important that a Focus RS looks like both a
Focus and an RS it needs to be individual, distinctive and overt
in its performance styling, but it also needs to show a clear
progression from and relationship to Focus ST, said Stefan Lamm,
Chief Exterior Designer, Ford of Europe.
High performance interior
Inside, this theme
continues with a unique and appropriately performance-oriented
interior, dominated by bespoke, sculpted Recaro high-performance
sports seats, specially designed and trimmed for excellent support,
even when driving enthusiastically. Each is colour-matched to the
exterior, with ebony leather accents and RS and Recaro logos
stitched into each backrest.
Elsewhere, colour brings new excitement to the Focus interior,
building on the sporty interior theme of Focus ST with more use of
accents matched to the exterior colour, brushed aluminium highlights
and overt performance styling. Even the rear seats feature higher
side bolsters and a microfibre finish to echo those up front.
The centre console is finished in a stylish gloss, carbon-look trim
and metallic highlights abound, from air vents, door grab handles,
switchgear and gearshift surround, to unique RS-branded scuff plates
on the door sills. These highlights contrast with a black-trimmed
roof lining, emphasising the sporty, cockpit feel.
The driver is reminded this is a special Focus at every touch, with
a gear lever finished with a six speed gear shift graphic in RS
blue, a sporty, three-spoke steering wheel, finished with Ford and
RS logos and even aluminium foot pedals. The performance driving
environment is completed by three additional gauges from the Focus
ST, including turbo pressure, sitting atop the centre console and
angled toward the drivers eyeline.
Powerful RS heart
At the heart of the
all-new Focus RS is a specially developed, turbocharged version of
the Duratec 2.5-litre 5-cylinder engine. Significantly revised for
high performance, this powerplant is targeting an impressive power
output of 300PS and over 410Nm of torque, contributing to an
excellent power-to-weight ratio.
Such significant increases are not simply the result of altering
engine management or boost pressure: starting with the Duratec
2.5-litre block, Ford RS engineers developed unique camshafts, a
revised cylinder head and gasket and revised intake and manifold
system for the car.
Although the car is still in development, prior to its launch in
early 2009, early performance testing indicates a 0-100km/h
(0-62mph) time of under six seconds.
A traction Revo-lution
Throughout Focus RS
development, Capito and his team have been keeping a sharp focus on
creating a car that delivers excellent performance and traction.
Various innovations, developed as a result of customer feedback from
previous performance Fords, have allowed engineers to keep the new
Focus RS as front-wheel drive, with a limited-slip differential,
while still achieving demanding targets for traction, handling and
The new Ford Focus RS is equipped with an innovative front
suspension system known as a RevoKnuckle, which is designed to
reduce unwanted steering disturbance and torque steer, the impact of
torque on steering in front-wheel driven vehicles. Torque steer
occurs during hard acceleration, cornering or driving on uneven
surfaces, when torque on the driven wheels exceeds grips levels. It
is characterised by sudden turning force on the steering wheel and
can be exacerbated by vehicles with wide tyres and limited-slip
In Focus RS, the RevoKnuckle works in conjunction with a Quaife
Automatic Torque Biasing limited-slip differential. Ford Team RS
engineers have worked closely with Ford's Advanced Research Centre
in Aachen, Germany to develop the RevoKnuckle technology
specifically for the high performance Focus RS. It allows the
simplicity of a traditional McPherson strut arrangement, but with
geometry settings that minimize steering disturbances and torque
steer, principally a reduction in steering offset.
The Ford Focus is an excellent base for a high performance car
agile, responsive and stable, explained Capito. We studied at
length how best to enhance these qualities for a high performance
model. Our work has shown clearly that our approach in combining a
tuned RevoKnuckle with the Quaife differential is an ideal solution
for a high performance front-wheel-drive road car like Focus RS.
As you would expect, we gave all-wheel-drive careful consideration,
but by combining and tuning these elements and learning from Fords
expertise in industry-leading handling, we have managed to eliminate
the weight of AWD from the car and still have been able to target a
class-leading balance of traction, handling and performance.
The result is a lightweight set-up, that will deliver the right
blend of traction and razor sharp controllability in a way no one
would have expected from front-wheel-drive, and we believe we have
made the right choice, Capito concluded.
Dynamic, agile and responsive
A genuine Focus RS must
maintain and enhance the reputation for responsive, precise handling
for which Focus is acclaimed and considerable engineering effort has
ensured that the new Focus RS will do just that.
Driving quality developments for Focus RS include a 40mm wider
track, stronger, longer driveshafts, revised springs and dampers and
a thicker, longer rear anti-roll bar. At the same time, the steering
system has been retuned to provide an even sharper steering response
and very precise feedback.
Brakes also have been uprated, with 336mm ventilated front discs and
300mm rear discs generating vice-like stopping power on road or
track. Large calipers peek out from behind unique 19-inch wheels,
wrapped in 235/35 low profile Continental tyres.
A special version of Fords ESP system has also been developed for
Focus RS, designed to allow a very sporty driving style before
activating. Intensive work to refine the natural handling abilities
of the car has allowed the ESP system to carry a full de-activation
option for enthusiast drivers and especially for track use.
We are refining all the handling characteristics of Focus RS
without ESP, to hone its natural responses, rather than use ESP to
help its handling. In Focus RS, ESP is a pure safety device,
Reliable and durable
In creating the new
Focus RS, Fords Team RS engineers have had to meet the same
stringent targets for durability and reliability as those set for
the rest of the Focus range.
Despite its many bespoke engineering and styling elements, Focus RS
will be built entirely on the main Focus production line in
Saarlouis, Germany and offered with a standard Ford of Europe
A great heritage
The new Focus RS
represents a significant moment in the heritage of both the Focus
and Ford RS brands.
It is 10 years since the Ford Focus was first revealed to the world
at the Geneva Motor Show in 1998, paving the way for a range of Ford
vehicles whose exciting design was matched by class-leading driving
quality. Since this time, more than 5.3 million Ford Focus models
have been built in Europe, including Russia, with the car also built
and sold in North America and Asia.
At the same time, the new Focus RS marks the return of the famous
but rare Ford RS badge, last seen on the first-generation Focus RS
in 2002 and with a distinguished heritage stretching back 38 years
including Fiesta, Escort and Sierra models.
RS is uniquely important to us in terms of our performance heritage
and World Rally Championship success, while the Focus has played a
major part in establishing Fords excellent reputation for driving
dynamics," said John Fleming, Ford of Europe President and CEO. "The
all-new Focus RS will embrace and celebrate both of these it will
be a genuine RS and a genuine Focus and Im confident it wont
disappoint in either area.