Thursday 18 January 2018

Sizzling Focus RS to pump 320bhp

The Ford Focus RS
The Ford Focus RS

Aidan Timmons in Cologne

The new Ford Focus RS is going to be an out-and-out sizzler.

For a start it will have the 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine that will also power the European Mustang when it gets here in October.

And to handle all that expected 320bhp-plus, it has a brand new performance all-wheel drive system.

I think it's fair to say the RS will be a force to be reckoned with.

Here in a packed industrial hanger in Cologne, Germany, Ford yesterday unveiled the third generation of the iconic Focus RS family.

That massive power output is possible thanks to a swathe of enhancements and developments.

They comprise a new low-inertia twin scroll turbo and a huge intercooler.

And the biggest radiator to have ever featured in a production model Focus. It is massive.

A combination of ducts, spoilers, splitters and underbody features serve a multitude of purposes - from cooling to aerodynamics.

The engine's internals, six-speed manual transmission, and clutch have been greatly strengthened to cope with the enormous strain and demands placed on them by so much power.

All of this power also requires the necessary technological wizardry to keep the car in a straight line.

And that is where the Performance All-Wheel Drive and Dynamic Torque Vectoring systems come in.

Twin electronically controlled clutch packs on each side of the rear drive unit manage the distribution of torque between the two axles and between both sides.

The new drivetrain is predominantly front-axle biased with a maximum 70pc torque available at the rear.

The car performs an incredible 100 calculations a second to determine optimum torque balance between front and rear as well as between each side.

It all sounds enthralling.

Like everyone else here yesterday, I can't wait to drive it.

But wait we must.

Pricing, arrival date and CO2 figures are due to be announced at next month's Geneva Motor Show.

Irish Independent

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