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Ford Focus RS

Posted: February 4, 2015 in Focus RS, Ford
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How would you like to get a Ford Focus that has been developed by a team of dedicated rally professionals including the KEN BLOCK?? Well, you do not have to wait no more, because, there is one, revealed yesterday by Ford ( Feb, 3rd 2015). It will feature an all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring, and will develop up to 330 bhp.

There were many rumors about it. All we know is, that the new Focus RS will be powered by a 4-cylinder 2,3L turbocharged EcoBoost engine, the same one on the Mustang, but with a Turbocharger, and minor development. The engine is said to produce up to 330 bhp and 433 Nm of torque. Power will be transmitted to all the wheels, with possibility of automatic adjustment, with the help of torque vectoring, power can be sent to all wheels, or in times, 70 percent of it, can go the rear wheels, via a six-speed manual transmission. Not only that, but the driver can chose which wheel to brake. A bit of rally and F1 technology. The new Focus RS can now have better cornering, avoiding understeer, it has now a more controlled drift, and who better can manage drift than Mr Ken Block himself??

Ford equipped the Focus with an electronic power steering, that comes now as a standard, stiffer springs for the suspension, sway bars, and 19-inch wheels, that come wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport. In the inside, the car was fitted with Recaro seats, and a flat bottom steering wheel.

Improvement were not limited to the engine. In the front, the Focus RS has an angrier front bumper, with larger ar intakes, a reworked grille, and big front intercooler. Way back to the rear, it has a big large spoiler, and a new diffuser, to which are joined a twin tailpipe exhaust system.

There is no price tag on it yet. We have to wait until March. This Focus RS will be produced in Germany, sold in the hole world. Shipment to the North America and Asia continents will be later in 2016. It will be competing against, the Mitsubishi EVO, the 1 series hatch, yet, Ford needs to get more power to catch the world most powerful duo, the Audi RS 3, and the AMG 45 A class.

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Since 2009 Ferrari 458 hasn’t stopped catching attention, an in many ways, the Italia, the Speciale, the Speciale A, the least we can say about its V8 is that it is impressive. However, for the Italians, the good impression that this car left, wasn’t enough, they had to go for more.

How much more?? just a 100 bhp and a turbo more. The new Ferrari 458 is called now a 488 GTB, as in Gran Turismo Berlinetta. The first GTB Ferrari was the 308 (in your face Peugeot). It was manufactured 40 years ago, from 1975 to 1983. It had a 2.0L v8, and it was just impressive. With all that commitment, the 488 GTB came to life.

The 488 GTB kept the same body as the 458, with a few changes. It has the same large calender as the 308, it kept also the same Berlinetta spirit. In the front, the 488 has an F1 like extended nose, with two vertical blades, a bit of the Ferrari F150. It has larger air vents in the front bumper, a pseudo-spoiler. Air is channeled through two large flanks, which do remind us of the F12 Berlinetta, or THE 458 Speciale. In the rear, it has a big air extractor, going through all the width of the car. Also, to remind us more of the 458 speciale, the double exhaust system keeps the same shape. The result of all the aerodynamic development is staggering. The car has now 50 percent more downforce, and a reduced drag coefficient.

The main update, is the introduction of turbos to the 458, it is still a mid-engined car, displaced at 90°, the engine is turbocharged, a direct injection engine, and has been downsized from 4.5L to 3.9, yet, it produces a 100 bhp more than the bigger engine in the 458. Introduction of turbo was in fact, to gain power, but to lower CO2 emissions. If you want figures, the engine produces 670 bhp @ 8000 RPM, and 760 Nm tarting 3000 RPM. 0 to 100 kph is achieved in 3,0 seconds, 8,3 to 200 kph (0,8 seconds better than the 458 speciale), and a lap around Fiorano in just 1 min 23 sec, 2 seconds faster than the 458 Italia, and wait for it, the Enzo. Top speed is said to be around 335 kph, if not more.

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The 488 GTB will be in a ferocious jungle, with all the Hurcan, the 650S, the Chevrolet Z06, the AMG’s of the car world. But it has a sense of its own. It is more muscular than any 458, it goes crazy sideways, and with the Side Slip Angle Control on, it can go crazier. Not only that, it has active dampers, an F1-trak traction control system. Power is sent to the rear wheels via the latest version of Ferrari’s twin-clutch gearbox. This particular gearbox uses VTM (Variable Torque Mangement) to smoothly unleash the car’s torque across the rev range.

Public appearance is scheduled to be in March, in the Geneva Auto Show, as tradition had it with Ferrari, to present a new model in that particular auto show. There is no price tag, yet, but it is expected to be above the 220,000€ of the Italia.

(watch Ferrari’s teaser here)