With a specially engineered 350 PS version of Ford’s new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, the performance hatchback is the fastest ever RS ever, sprinting from 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and hitting a top speed of 266 km/h.
The Focus RS is part of a performance onslaught from Focus that will see more than 12 performance vehicles delivered to customers globally through 2020, including the stunning Ford GT ultra-high-performance supercar that will compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016.
The new Ford Focus RS is the first ever RS that will be sold in North America and China, and commenced volume production for a total of 42 global markets on 14 Janat Ford’s Saarlouis (Germany) manufacturing plant. European customers have already placed more than 3,100 orders, with 250,000 vehicles configured by customers on Ford’s websites.
The new Focus RS features innovative Ford Performance AWD with Dynamic Torque Vectoring to deliver a new level of handling capability and driver enjoyment, combining outstanding traction and grip with unmatched agility and cornering speed. The Ford Performance AWD system is based on twin electronically-controlled clutch packs on each side of the rear drive unit (RDU).
The control unit in the RDU continuously varies the front-to-rear and side-to-side torque distribution to suit the current driving situation, monitoring inputs from multiple vehicle sensors 100 times per second. A maximum of 70 per cent of the drive torque can be diverted to the rear axle. Up to 100 per cent of the available torque at the rear axle can be sent to each rear wheel, and the RDU can switch drive from one side to the other in as little as 0.06 seconds.
During cornering, the rear drive unit pre-emptively diverts torque to the outer rear wheel based on inputs such as steering wheel angle, lateral acceleration, yaw and speed. This torque transfer has the effect of “driving” the car into the bend, achieving improved turn-in and stability, and virtually eliminating understeer.
The AWD system has been tuned by Focus engineers to deliver exceptional grip, with lateral acceleration force exceeding 1 g, and class-leading cornering speed and acceleration out of bends. With neutral and adjustable limit handling, and the ability to achieve controlled oversteer drifts at the track, the Focus RS delivers the ultimate fun-to-drive experience.
To deliver optimum driving dynamics, the Focus Performance AWD system was calibrated alongside the car’s advanced Electronic Stability Control, in particular the brake-based Torque Vectoring Control system that works in parallel with the torque-vectoring AWD. Other exclusive chassis features include sports suspension with stiffer spring rates, more efficient anti-roll-bars, two-mode switchable dampers and a tuned electric power-assisted steering system, as well as a rear subframe and rear body structure that increase torsional stiffness by 23 percent, compared to the standard Focus.
Ford engineers worked closely with Michelin to develop a choice of high-performance 235/35 R19 tyres to complement the driving dynamics of the Focus RS: a standard Pilot Super Sport tyre for everyday use.
The vehicle’s exterior design has also been developed to support the driving dynamics. Careful aerodynamic optimization of the front splitter, rear spoiler and underbody features eliminates lift forces, and the final design delivers a balanced performance with zero lift front and rear for optimum high-speed handling and stability.
With a drag coefficient of 0.355, the shape of the new Focus RS is 6 per cent more aerodynamic than the previous Focus RS, and with its more compact frontal area, the vehicle generates 9 per cent less drag, improving high-speed performance and reducing fuel consumption.