Ford is releasing an eight-part series about the new Focus RS, geared toward enthusiasts. Every Wednesday lunchtime (UK time), fans of fast Fords can tune in to watch the series to see how the company revived the famed RS.
The first episode kicks off in Dearborn, Michigan, and features rally driver Ken Block. Called ‘Rebirth of an Icon’, Block and Ford group vice president of global product development and chief technical officer, Raj Nair, debate what the car should feature from behind the wheel of an early prototype.
There are also nods to the first Ford Escort RS1600, the RS200, and the Escort RS Cosworth.
The first Focus RS appeared in 2002, with its successor in 2009. The third RS, with four-wheel drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring, and a specially engineered version of Ford’s 2·3 Ecoboost engine delivering 350 PS, is the first to be sold globally, including the US. Ford claims a 0–100 km/h time of 4·7 s.
The new model is available to order in the UK, priced at £28,940, with deliveries commencing in early 2016.
Subsequent episodes are, according to Ford:
Episode 2: Design and development—crunching crashes put the new design to the toughest of tests
Episode 3: Hitting the road—a 1,600 km (1,000-mile) drive through epic terrain takes prototypes from high in the Rocky Mountains to the Arizona desert
Episode 4: Test-track trials—Block heads for Ford’s top-secret test facility, and indulges in some “hooning”
Episode 5: Arctic extremes—winter testing in Sweden, and the team is under pressure to improve performance
Episode 6: Power struggle—it’s all about performance, as the Ford manufacturing plant in Saarlouis, Germany, gears up for production
Episode 7: Close scrutiny—the day of the critical sign-off drive follows Block’s headline appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
Episode 8: Final chapter—it’s time for the nail-biting management review