The Hottest Hatch


Over the years, Ford’s Team RS (Rallye Sport) has given the world a great many performance versions of everyday road cars. Paul Walker’s Escort RS1600 from Fast and Furious 6. The late 80s Sierra RS Cosworth which dominated as both a touring and rally car. The RS200 was a homologation special; a road-going Group B car with 250 horsepower built by Reliant of all people. Now Team RS has a new gift for the world, and it’s safe to say that people are excited. Enter the 350 horsepower, 350 ft/lb, drift mode enabled 2016 Focus RS, and let the hoonage begin.

The new RS positively bristles with clever technology to make it as fast and as fun as possible. From torque vectoring to brake-assisted steering to all wheel drive, the Team RS boffins have put a lot of time and effort into making the Focus an extremely quick hot hatch. On the fun side of things, the Focus RS has been given a special ‘drift-mode’ button. It doesn’t matter that you will rarely use it. It’s there because this is an extremely fun car. Yes, it’s fast, but it’s not the same as one of today’s super-quick super cars because Ford have remembered that people buy hot hatches because they’re fun. The RS comes with a manual gearbox. This is no Porsche or Ferrari locked in a joyless pissing contest over tenths of seconds.

Ford hasn’t confirmed their motorsport intentions for the Focus RS yet, but it doesn’t take a genius to see that they’ve spent all this time and money on making a brilliant hot hatch and they’re going to want to show it off. They’ve also promised us 12 new performance models by 2020. Will the trend of continually one-upping previous achievements continue? Will we see a one-make series of twin-charged Raptors racing through rainforest, desert and arctic tundra? Probably not, but you never know.

Posted @Whippstagram on Instagram, Febuary 3rd 2015

The Hottest Hatch

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