2009 Ford Focus Prototype
Ford RS is back and the all-new Focus RS is on track! An early
prototype of the fastest Focus road car to date is now undergoing
performance and durability testing at the challenging Nürburgring
Circuit in Germany, in preparation for its launch in 2009.
principal architect of the Focus RS project is Ford of Europe’s Vehicle
Line Director for Performance Vehicles, Jost Capito, whose Team RS
development group were responsible for the first generation Focus RS in
2002, and more recently, the Fiesta ST and the new Focus ST.
said: “The new Focus RS is as much a car for driving enthusiasts as the
one before it and classic Ford RS models of the past. We’re staying
true to the core RS principles of a no-compromise, affordable high
performance road car you can live with. The new Focus RS will have the
muscles, heart and soul of a genuine RS and will be exciting to drive
The all-new Focus RS features a specially
developed, turbocharged version of the Duratec 2.5-litre engine, based
on Focus ST, but significantly revised to generate over 280PS and more
than 400 Nm of torque, thus achieving an excellent power-to-weight
Various chassis innovations, developed in conjunction
with Ford's Advanced Engineering Centre in Aachen are being tuned for
the new car by the Cologne-based Ford Team RS. Their overriding
objective is to achieve optimized driving dynamics and on road
performance through an advanced technology front-wheel drive system,
combined with a limited-slip differential.
prototypes based on Focus ST vehicles, the new system is more than
meeting our targets for exceptional levels of traction, handling and
steering," Capito added. "Given that the enthusiastic team behind the
car are all performance vehicle enthusiasts, you can imagine that our
standards are high."
Ford Focus – A great starting point
The standard Ford Focus is an excellent base for a high performance car – agile, responsive and stable.
the latest Focus ST has already proved this to be the case, the new RS
will take these qualities to the next level, benefitting from extensive
engineering knowledge gained through the Company's highly successful
Motorsport programmes, notably with the Focus World Rally Car.
have no doubt that we can enhance the acclaimed qualities of the
already excellent Focus for an even higher performance model than the
ST," Capito added. "Now, we are going through the rigorous job of
proving out our technical approach in extensive testing and tuning over
a variety of roads including the most demanding track in the world, the
"Green Hell" that is the Nürburgring Nordschleife!”
consecutive Manufacturers’ World Rally Championship titles and the
success of Fiesta and Focus ST models, we have the knowledge and the
experience. The time is right for Ford to deliver a new high
performance model for the legions of loyal Ford RS customers around
Europe," Capito concluded.
The new Focus RS test and
development programme is now well underway and will continue for
several months, prior to the vehicle being readied for production in
Although the internet and car magazines around
the globe have continued to offer their opinions as to how the new car
will look and drive, customers will get the first look at a
production-intent vehicle with its world premiere at the London Motor
Show in late July.
Further technical details of the all-new Focus RS will be released closer to launch.