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Old 02-03-2004, 03:02   #1 (permalink)
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Focus Cosworth

Forget the Focus RS8, just before I left the UK, I picked up a magazine at the airport and it had some very brief details of the Focus Cossie. Word is that there is too much power for the front wheels to cope with so it will be rear wheel drive. There were a few spy shots and it looked great. I cant remember when it is due for release (I am still buggered up with jetlag) but I have one special request for Ford Australia...

GET IT HERE....please

We have missed out on official imports of all of the cossie products, why not give us the ultimate?
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Old 02-03-2004, 03:26   #2 (permalink)
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I always thought that the Cosworth Focus would be AWD. It would make sense too.
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Old 02-03-2004, 03:40   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Focus Cosworth

Isn't there a company already in the UK doing such conversions with Cossie parts?
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I don't believe it is ever planned to come here....it would be too expensive. I remember someone talking about it a while ago and roughly calculating a price conversion...and it would be pretty steep.

Shame though....sounds as though it could be awesome.
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Re: Focus Cosworth

We get the ST170 and they had to slash the price to kick start sales.... we don't even get the RS... a Cosworth? Yeah right!

Too much power for the front wheels? Isn't that Bugatti supercar AWD with well more power than a Focus would ever make? I find it hard to swallow that power is the biggest issue - more like simplicity of design and lack of having to engineer a stronger smaller gearbox. My opinion anyway! Lack of AWD is just one more step for the Focus away from its Cosworth roots in rallying. Especially in an age where everyone seems to want AWD!

A1 Rally Sport have done a 518BHP RWD Cosworth Focus Demo car, see it Here.

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Doing a Cosworth special Focus and not putting on AWD would be like doing a Falcon GTHO without the a V8.
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Re: Focus Cosworth

In a lightweight FWD car, over 150kw is getting too much. The Focus RS has it's torque limited in 1st and 2nd to help alleviate it. I was always under the impression the Cosworth was going to be AWD, as it is the road going link to the WRC Focus. The ST170 isn't anything special for the money - the Corolla Sportivo with the Celica motor has better power, and the RS wouldn't have sold well here for $50000-$60000 as you can get AWD turbo performance in the WRX for less.
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That's the one! I have a video of it from these forums only recently. Goes like a bat out of hell! Sensational stuff.
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wow thats good news...about time they built another cossie. can't wait to hear more and see more about it.
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Re: Focus Cosworth

I can't see why they wouldn't. As I understand it, the rules have been changed to make it much easier for manufacturers to bring in small numbers of cars, without all the associated expense of crash testing etc.

I reckon its the kind of thing ford need to do. They might not sell many, but it would be a hero "image" car for Ford and the Focus, which should help stocker focus sales.

The alfa 147 GTA puts out 184kw through the front wheels for $60k, so I don't think they would be totally out of the ball-park . . .
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