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Ford Enhances Focus RS For Optimum Performance

Posted: Jul 3, 2015 at 12:38 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Phillip Oladunjoye  –  Lagos


Ford has said that its all-new Focus RS high-performance hatchback would deliver a maximum power output of 350 PS, saying that the performance-developed model features a unique version of the new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine that debuted with the all-new Ford Mustang.

Ford said that it would demonstrate the performance of the all-new Focus RS to the public for the first time at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, U.K., where Ken Block – Gymkhana and World Rallycross star – will tackle the famous Hillclimb at the wheel of a prototype car.

Global Director, Ford Performance, Dave Pericak, said, “We promised enthusiasts a serious driving machine and, with 350 PS under the hood, that is exactly what we will deliver. The stunning pace and innovative technology of the all-new Focus RS place it head-to-head with performance models from luxury and exotic marques, and it’s ready for the challenge.”

He said that with Focus RS, Ford would be introducing its Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring, explaining that the innovative system helps delivers a new level of handling capability and driver enjoyment by combining outstanding traction and grip with unmatched agility and cornering speed.

Ford said that the Focus RS would be its first RS model equipped with selectable Drive Modes – including an industry-first Drift Mode that allows controlled oversteer drifts – and Launch Control.

The auto maker said the new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine for the all-new Focus RS shared its fundamental structure with the all-aluminium four-cylinder engine in the all-new Ford Mustang, adding that the engine has been significantly upgraded for the Focus RS to deliver 10 per cent more power with 350 PS maximum output.

“Increased power is generated by a new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with larger compressor that delivers significantly greater air flow, along with a much bigger intercooler to maximise charge density. Engine breathing also is enhanced through a less restrictive intake design, and a large-bore high performance exhaust system with an electronically controlled valve in the tailpipe that helps optimise the balance of back pressure and noise output.

“The cylinder head is produced from an upgraded alloy material capable of withstanding higher temperatures, while the cylinder block employs stronger high-tensile cast iron liners,” the auto manufacturer said.

Ford noted that inspiring performance demands an inspiring soundtrack, which it said was why its performance engineers had tuned the RS to deliver a rewarding and sporty sound character during spirited driving, with the distinctive burbles and pops that are a RS signature.

“This very special 2.3-litre EcoBoost unit will inspire drivers as they feel the surge of the turbo, and reward them as they take it to the red line – all delivered with a visceral sound guaranteed to put a smile on your face,” Pericak said.

Ford said that the all-new Focus RS, which was the third generation of Focus RS cars, was developed by a team of Ford Performance engineers in Europe and the U.S., followed models launched in 2002 and 2009.

It noted that the Focus RS, which would be the 30th car to wear the legendary RS badge, would be built in Saarlouis, Germany, adding that the Focus RS would be one of 12 new performance vehicles Ford would bring to customers globally through 2020 as part of a new era of Ford performance, and would be available for delivery to customers from early 2016.