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Video: See the 350ps Focus RS prepping for Goodwood Festival of Speed
Ford’s high-performance Focus RS, which features a unique version of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine found in the new Mustang, prepares to take on the iconic hill course
Ford’s all-new Focus RS high-performance hatchback debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend. The Ford Performance-developed model, which delivers a maximum power output of 350ps, features a unique version of the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that debuted with the all-new Ford Mustang.
Ken Block – Gymkhana and World Rallycross star – tackled Goodwood’s famous Hillclimb at the wheel of a prototype car. “We promised enthusiasts a serious driving machine and, with 350ps under the hood, that is exactly what we will deliver,” says Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “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.”
With Focus RS, Ford is introducing its Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring. 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.
The Focus RS is the first Ford RS model equipped with selectable drive modes – including an industry-first drift mode that allows controlled oversteer drifts – and launch control.
The new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine for the new Focus RS shares its fundamental structure with the all-aluminum four-cylinder engine in the Mustang. The engine has been significantly upgraded for the Focus RS to deliver 10% more power with 350ps maximum output.
Increased power is generated by a new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with larger compressor that delivers significantly greater airflow, along with a much bigger intercooler to maximize charge density. Engine breathing is also 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 optimize the balance of backpressure 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.
Engine cooling has also been given the highest priority, with engineers creating additional space within the front of the vehicle to house a significantly larger radiator pack – the biggest ever fitted to a Focus – which provides the level of cooling demanded for intense circuit driving.
Meticulous calibration work has ensured that the power unit delivers excellent low-end responsiveness with a powerful mid-range pull, climbing to a free-revving top-end up to a maximum rev limit of 6,800rpm. Maximum torque of 440Nm is delivered between 2,000rpm and 4,500rpm, with 470Nm available for up to 15 seconds on transient overboost during hard acceleration.
“This very special 2.3-liter 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 says.
Developed by a team of Ford Performance engineers in Europe and the USA, the all-new Focus RS is the third generation of Focus RS cars, following models launched in 2002 and 2009. The 30th car to wear the legendary RS badge, the Focus RS will be built in Saarlouis, Germany.
Focus RS is one of 12 new performance vehicles Ford will bring to customers globally through 2020 as part of a new era of Ford performance, and will be available for delivery to European customers from early 2016.