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(from Ford Press
Release) NEW LIMITED EDITION FORD FOCUS RS500 IS THE ULTIMATE
• Powerful new
limited-edition Ford Focus RS500 for performance car enthusiasts
• Strictly limited run of 500 vehicles marks the end of current
Focus RS production
• Tuned 350 PS, 2.5-litre 5-cylinder engine with 460 Nm of
torque provides muscular performance
• Technical enhancements improve engine's breathing and
• Upgraded powertrain teamed with class-leading chassis to
deliver the definitive Focus RS driving experience
• Maximum visual impact with unique matt black 'foil' paint
finish and matching
19-inch alloy wheels
• Premium specification for all vehicles, combining enhanced
standard luxury equipment and special RS500 detailing
• Production run of 500 individually-numbered cars available for
customer order across 20 European markets from May
• Global debut at the Leipzig Motor Show on April 9 2010 –
further information available from dedicated website:
COLOGNE, March 31, 2010
– A new and powerful limited edition Focus RS model, called the
RS500, is being launched as the ultimate performance Ford and will
provide the definitive driving experience for serious performance
Making its global debut at the 2010 Leipzig Motor Show in Germany on
April 9, the new model has been given the RS500 designation to
highlight its strictly-limited production run of 500
individually-numbered vehicles, all of which will be offered for
customers to purchase.
The new Focus RS500 features a muscular 350 PS 2.5-litre 5-cylinder
engine, which generates 15 per cent more power than the standard
Focus RS and delivers truly exhilarating performance.
The RS500’s breathtaking power is matched by an equally dramatic
appearance. The limited edition model sports a unique matt black
'foil' paint finish with matching alloy wheels to deliver a powerful
visual impact which is unlike any other production Ford.
“We were determined to mark the end of production for the current
and acclaimed Focus RS with something even more special,” said Joe
Bakaj, Ford of Europe's vice president for Product Development.
“From its stunning looks to its intoxicating performance, we have no
doubt that the RS500 will be appreciated and quickly snapped up by
performance car enthusiasts.
“This vehicle joins a long line of iconic RS Fords and is a worthy
recipient of the RS500 name, which became synonymous with success on
the road and track with the legendary Sierra RS500 Cosworth that
dominated saloon car racing during the late 1980s,” Bakaj added.
Strictly Limited Production Run of
500 Individually Numbered Vehicles
The RS500 marks the end
of production for the current generation Focus RS, with the last
vehicles scheduled to leave Ford’s Saarlouis Assembly Plant in
Germany during September 2010.
While overwhelming customer demand has ensured that total Focus RS
output is expected to exceed 11,000 units (significantly more than
the 7,000 to 8,000 originally forecast), production of the RS500
will start at Ford's Saarlouis plant in Germany during May and will
be strictly limited to 500 customer vehicles for twenty European
Each RS500 will carry a metal plaque on the centre console,
hand-engraved with a unique identification number from 001 to 500.
A small number of pre-production vehicles produced for internal Ford
use – such as product development or press demonstrators – will have
their own unique numbering scheme, to ensure the exclusivity of the
500 customer cars.
Demand for the RS500 is expected to exceed supply by a considerable
margin, and the full production run of just 500 vehicles is being
allocated across 20 European markets in line with the anticipated
level of interest. For some countries, the very small number of
vehicles allocated means the RS500 will, indeed, be a very exclusive
purchase for its customers.
A dedicated website – www.focusrs500.com – will allow customers and
enthusiasts to gain further information, including projected
quantities of available vehicles by market, plus access to download
photography and video clips. The site will also provide links to
national Ford websites so customers can identify dealers and prices.
Focus RS also has its own Facebook page – www.facebook.com/fordfocusrs
– with more than 13,500 fans from across the world, and RS500 launch
activities will be shared on this site.
Upgraded 350 PS Powertrain
“The more urgent engine
sound and sheer thrust of the mid-range performance tell the driver
immediately that this is not a standard Focus RS,” said Gunnar
Herrmann, Ford’s Global C-Car Vehicle Line Director. “With 15 per
cent more power and the same gutsy, sporting character, our new
powertrain gives the RS500 the special engine it deserves.”
To provide the RS500 with a fitting power unit, the 305 PS
turbocharged Duratec RS
2.5-litre engine from the standard Focus RS has been upgraded to
deliver significantly more top-end and mid-range power, but without
compromising the base engine’s strength and responsiveness at lower
Peak power is increased by 45PS to 350PS at 6,000rpm, while torque
has been increased from 440 to 460Nm, delivered across a broad speed
range from 2,500 to 4,500rpm.
To achieve the required balance of muscular mid-range and top-end
performance, the engine has benefitted from a comprehensive package
of enhancements aimed at improving the engine’s breathing and
The changes include a significantly larger air-to-air intercooler to
deliver a cooler, denser charge; a larger air filter box for
increased airflow; larger diameter exhaust downpipe; and an uprated
fuel pump, along with an updated software calibration to optimise
the performance of the revised engine.
“The engine’s improved breathing has allowed us to increase power
without having to raise turbo boost pressure significantly,”
explained Herrmann. “This has made it possible to enhance peak
performance while maintaining the excellent driveability, fuel
consumption and emissions of the standard Focus RS.”
Preliminary performance figures for the Focus RS500 indicate that it
achieves 0-100km/h in 5.6 seconds, with a top speed similar to the
263 km/h in the standard RS.
Engineered by Performance Car
The Focus RS500 engine
has been modified by a team enthusiast engineers from Ford TeamRS in
partnership with Revolve Technologies, the automotive engineering
firm which develops Ford approved performance upgrades through its
The shared development and testing programme ensured that the 350 PS
Duratec RS engine achieved the specified performance targets while
also delivering the standards of durability and serviceability
expected by Ford RS customers.
The comprehensive engineering details already developed for the 305
PS Focus RS engine – including a revised cylinder head gasket,
ultra-durable metal sprayed cylinder bores, revised pistons and new
connecting rods – have ensured that no further mechanical changes
were required to cope with the increased performance of the 350 PS
Advanced Front Wheel Drive Chassis
A key factor in the
success of the latest generation Focus RS has been its advanced
front wheel drive chassis, which combines a wider track, the unique
‘RevoKnuckle’ front suspension design and a Quaife helical limited
slip differential to deliver responsive steering, outstanding
traction and a minimum of unwanted torque steer.
The same chassis design has proved equally effective in handling the
increased torque levels of the Focus RS500, and the specification is
unchanged for this application, helping to retain the same sporting
and responsive dynamic character which is central to the appeal of
the acclaimed standard Focus RS.
The high-performance braking system, and the 19-inch wheels and
235/35/R19 tyres, are also carried over unchanged from the standard
vehicle, although red brake calipers and a dramatic black finish for
the alloy wheels are unique to the RS500.
Performance Tested to the Limit
In recognition of the
extreme performance potential of the Focus RS500, the limited
edition model has been subjected to a series of concentrated
durability tests which have focused on the car’s track capabilities.
The development programme included a dedicated endurance test at the
infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany, where Ford TeamRS
engineers were joined by three Ford-employed racing drivers working
in shifts to complete 10,000km of non-stop driving, equivalent to
competing in ten consecutive Nürburgring 24-hour races without a
“We wanted to be sure that serious enthusiasts could drive the Focus
RS500 to the limit on track, without any concerns about the car’s
stamina,” said Matthias Tonn, Focus RS500 Chief Programme Engineer.
“This meant going beyond our standard test routines, and pushing the
car to the edge of its performance envelope. After 500 non-stop laps
of the Nürburgring, we are very confident of its durability and
delighted at the way it performed, with an 8-minute lap time within
Unique Matt Black 'Foil' Paint
Finish for Maximum Visual Impact
The standard Focus RS
already creates a lasting impression with its functional yet
striking design, but the unique matt black 'foil' paint finish of
the Focus RS500 makes this limited edition car even more special.
Stunning matt black bodywork is combined with matching metallic
black alloy wheels, and the gloss black finish of the trapezoidal
lower front grille and splitter, twin-blade rear spoiler and the
rear venturi, which manages airflow beneath the rear of the car.
Small flashes of colour around the vehicle – including the red brake
calipers, blue RS badges, and the special blue and red RS500 badge
on the tailgate – only serve to emphasise the car’s unique
“We deliberately set out to ensure that the Focus RS500 looks like
no other production vehicle,” added Tonn. “With its dramatic black
finish and imposing stance, this car really is mean, moody and
The matt black foil finish for the RS500 was developed in
partnership with the technology company 3M, which specialises in
advanced film products for the automotive industry.
All Focus RS500 vehicles will be painted in a standard Panther Black
metallic colour, before being shipped to a dedicated 3M facility
near Frankfurt, Germany, where a special foil film will be applied
to the bodywork to create the matt black effect.
The film is extremely durable, and is specifically designed to
resist superficial marks and scratches in automotive applications.
In the event of damage to the bodywork, Ford dealers will be fully
supported by a Europe-wide network of 3M agents who can replace the
film on the affected panels.
Special Focus RS500 Interior
Attention to detail on
the RS500 exterior is also reflected inside the car, with a series
of special features which are unique to this limited edition model.
The centre console is distinguished by the car's
individually-numbered metal plaque, and by a unique carbon-effect
finish to the bezel which carries a distinctive RS pattern.
In contrast to the blue detailing on the standard Focus RS, the
RS500 features a special red colour scheme, notably on the stitching
of the leather trim on the steering wheel, door trim and gear lever
gaiter, and on the floor mats.
Customers also have the option of specifying the bespoke Recaro
front sports seats in full red leather, to further enhance the
Premium Specification for All
All Focus RS500 vehicles
will be equipped to a very high specification as standard, with only
two features available as optional items. In addition to the
comprehensive equipment levels on the standard Focus RS, the RS500
includes the following features as standard:
automatic climate control
• Heated windscreen
• Rear parking distance sensors
• Tyre deflation detection system
• Automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers
• Auto dimming rear-view mirror
• Ford key-free start
• Enhanced connectivity with Bluetooth®, voice control and
• Sony 6-CD audio system
• Recaro sports front seats with partial leather trim
The two optional
features are touchscreen DVD navigation and audio system, and the
full leather Recaro front seats in red.
“We believe that customers lucky enough to secure one of the limited
edition Focus RS500 models will be getting a real collectors item,”
said Joe Bakaj. “From its stunning looks, to its immense driver
appeal and its complete specification, the Focus RS500 provides
enthusiasts with the ultimate performance Ford for the road.”