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Old 03-23-2011, 07:59 AM   #1
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New Ford Focus RS: Will it Happen?

I found this article while reading Motortrend last night. I can't believe no on has posted it on here yet. All I can think of is dumb and dumber, "So you're sayin' there's a chance!"

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Ford engineers say they know what sort of car a new Focus RS would be. They also say it would make a profit. (The previous Europe-only Focus RS sold out.) But if top management thinks the development cash would get a better return used in another way, there's no certainty the Focus RS will get the investment.

The Ford Focus ST will be the highest-spec next-generation Focus for now.
The engine would have to develop about 350 horsepower. The last Focus RS did 300 horses, with a special 350-horsepower final edition, using a modified Volvo five-cylinder 2.5-liter engine. The new one would be a hot EcoBoost four. Can capacity stretch beyond the 2.0 liters of the 250-horse Focus ST? It can, according to Ford's global hot-car and competitions strategy chief, Jost Capito, though he won't say by how much.

The hottest Focus will be front drive, not AWD, says Joe Bakaj, until recently Ford of Europe's engineering boss. The platform has AWD capability, as proved by the Vertrek concept crossover that will replace the Kuga and Escape.
Front drive would save considerable weight -- about 200 pounds. Otherwise it would be hard to open up a significant performance gap over the Focus ST, and with the weight of AWD, economy and agility would suffer. So would cost.
What about torque steer and traction limitations? The new electric power steering system can be programmed to counter torque steer, Bakaj explains. The 'Revoknuckle' axle developed for the old RS, a non-turning strut with a pivoted hub, reduced the rotational leverage the tire contact patches imposed on the steering axis. It did a good job of keeping the car going where the driver pointed. "Imagine what you could do by combining Revoknuckle with EPS," Bakaj muses.

Meanwhile, the electronic stability system's torque vectoring function on the new Focus is claimed to make a reasonably effective substitute for a limited-slip diff, allowing the chassis designers the freedom to use a stiff front anti-roll bar (without limited-slip, a stiff bar reduces traction by unweighting the inner wheel). We're skeptical of any scheme that relies on brakes to help acceleration.

So there you are. A hatchback with 350 horsepower or so, a six-speed transmission, front drive with Revoknuckle front suspension, and control blades at the rear.

It would have 20-inch wheels and a stiff, agile chassis. It could weigh as little as 3200 pounds, hit 60 mph in little more than 5 seconds, and crack 160 mph.
Such a machine would need to be identifiable, so expect a new front face and body kit, plus wider wheel arches and sills. With the new Focus's cabin quality and available electronics content, it would be a car to run with the BMW 1 Series M and Euro Audi RS3.

So, enthusiasts of the world, start bothering your dealer. If there's enough pressure, Ford might just give it the green light. The ingredients and the plan are all ready.

Read more: http://www.motortrend.com/future/fut...#ixzz1HQX2HPTV


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Old 03-23-2011, 08:11 AM   #2
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cool, it will be nice to see a fast focus here in the US. But, I think it should be AWD, to compete with the WRX/STI, Which just lost its main competition. And 20" wheels on a 4cyl is completely unnecessary, HEAVY, and will not look to good.

350hp 2.0 will make up for some mistakes in the design.
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I'll start bugging my ford contacts at SVT to do something lol
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Even if they finally bring the RS here, we probably wouldn't see it until 2013 or 2014.

I'll take my ST in 2012, and if the RS does come out, and blows the ST away, then I'll consider trading it in. I'm not holding my breath anymore for an RS, especially not a 350HP beast.
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If they wanted it here it would be here already
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Well, if they give it the Green Light ... I hope they take their time in developing it, so we have less bugs on it's release.

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Ford should bring it on, instead of *k around, small car's are here for good, so lets get w/ it, & stop watering down are version's (USA). Why are we so behind for? Come on & step up, I know you can do it. I great thing is Ford is on top of the Mustang's & F150's & Super Duty's, & Fusion's.
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i'd buy it, but expect a price north of 30k!
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oh yeah, I'm sure it will pull quite a premium. But look at what you would be getting, a 350 hp fwd BEAST
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Even if they don't want to do an AWD version, why not a RWD? I could see that selling..
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