Focus RS Prototype by Ford

Posted on Saturday, 14 June 2008 , 13:06:05 byEmil

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Focus RS Prototype by Ford

Ford unveiled the first official Focus RS details. First prototype of the fastest model Focus road auto to date is undergoing performance now and durability testing on the challenging Nürburgring Circuit - Germany, in preparation for its debut next year.

“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 every day.” said Jost Capito - the principal architect of Focus RS project - Vehicle Line Director for Performance Vehicles - Ford of Europe.

“In early prototypes based on Focus ST vehicles, the new system is more than meeting our targets for exceptional levels of traction, handling and steering,” added Capito. “Given that the enthusiastic team behind the car are all performance vehicle enthusiasts, you can imagine that our standards are high.”

“We 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 continued. “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!”

“With two 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 said.