COLOGNE, Germany - Ford today revealed an exclusive new Option Pack for the multi-award-winning Focus RS that will deliver even more traction and driving appeal for performance driving enthusiasts, using a mechanical limited-slip differential (LSD).
The Focus RS Option Pack will also feature unique styling, including the Focus RS signature Nitrous Blue body colour with striking black exterior details, and a two-tone seat execution.
The Focus RS Option Pack is the latest offering from Ford Performance, who recently showcased their latest line-up at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Confirming their commitment to Ford Performance in Europe, Ford has appointed Leo Roeks in the newly created position of Ford Performance Director, Europe.
“Our new Focus RS Option Pack represents accessible performance at its finest,” Roeks said. “Improving on the class-leading driving dynamics of the Focus RS was no small task – but our Ford Performance engineers have delivered a drivetrain capable of wringing every drop of performance from the 350 PS EcoBoost engine.”
Developed by Ford Performance engineers and evaluated at locations across the globe the Focus RS Option Pack further improves the high-performance hatchback’s class-leading traction and responsiveness using a Quaife LSD for the front axle.
The mechanical LSD limits the engine torque delivered to a wheel that has reduced traction on the road surface, and redistributes torque to the wheel with more traction to counteract the wheelspin that can hamper acceleration and stability.
By controlling the torque delivered to each front wheel, the Focus RS Option Pack’s Quaife LSD enables drivers to more fully exploit the 350 PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine’s power in high performance driving situations, and seamlessly integrates with Focus RS driving technologies delivered as standard, including:
- Ford Performance All Wheel Drive, which varies the front-to-rear torque distribution to suit the current driving situation – monitoring inputs from vehicle sensors 100 times per second and sending a maximum of 70 per cent of the drive torque to the rear axle
- Dynamic Torque Vectoring, which uses electronically-controlled clutch packs on the rear axle to send up to 100 per cent of the available torque to either rear wheel, and can switch drive from one side to the other in as little as 0.06 seconds
- Torque Vectoring Control (TVC), which automatically applies small amounts of brake force to limit wheelspin at the front axle
“For hardcore driving enthusiasts, the additional mechanical grip offered by the Quaife LSD will make it even easier to carry speed through a corner on the track, and maximise acceleration on the way out. The new setup also delivers greater mechanical stability and control when braking hard, and will help drivers set the car up for power-slides using Drift Mode,” Roeks said. “The Focus RS Option Pack takes our ‘fun to drive’ philosophy to a new level for an everyday road car.”
The Focus RS Option Pack delivers Drive Modes that include the industry-first Drift Mode for controlled oversteer drifts under circuit conditions; Launch Control for ultimate performance off the start-line; and 4.7 second 0-100 km/h (0‑62 mph) acceleration.