U.K.:Ford's 420bhp Focus Muscles In - Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars
Ford Focus Forum Forum for the discussion of the Ford Focus

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-12-03, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
Stacy94PGT's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: The Hills of North Georgia,USA
Posts: 7,859
U.K.:Ford's 420bhp Focus Muscles In

by Gavin Ward/Auto Express

It's a Ford Focus, but not as you know it. While British motorists have to 'make do' with the 210bhp RS, here's the ultimate version of the small family car, which punches out double that! Called the RS8 because it packs a V8 engine - a first for the Focus - it boasts 420bhp fed to the back wheels.

The amazing motor is the work of the blue oval's Ford Racing division. And the RS8 stunned showgoers when it was unveiled at last week's Speciality Equipment Market Association (SEMA) exhibition in gamblers' paradise, Las Vegas, Nevada. The clever bit is that, to the untrained eye, it looks just like any other fast Focus.

Yet a closer inspection reveals a few giveaway signs of what's hidden underneath. The twin exhaust pipes exit at portals cut into the sides of the rear bumper, while a bigger cooling system can be seen through the mesh front grille. Inside, racing gauges mounted on the driver's A-pillar give up-to-the-second readings, and the beefy transmission tunnel is clearly visible.

As you'd expect of a machine that has been developed far beyond what it was originally intended for, some extensive re-engineering was needed to make all this possible. The engine bay had to be altered to physically cope with the 5.0-litre V8, but this was only after new pistons had been forged, along with a host of other minor modifications.

Next up, a bespoke exhaust system was fabricated, while the drivetrain feeds the power to the rear wheels via a five-speed racing gearbox. Finally, the development team had to create new suspension set-ups for both front and rear, so that the car could handle the massive increase in power.

The RS8 came about because bosses said they wanted to recreate the traditional V8-powered muscle car, but have it wrapped in a modern-day package. Dan Davis, director of the development team at Ford Racing, told us: "This isn't a typical sport compact modification project, but it will sure get attention out on the streets. The Focus RS8 will make itself known at the drag strip and on every road."

In America, the engine and drivetrain package will cost any interested customers nearly £9,000. On top of that, there is the additional expense of paying for the new suspension set-up. But it doesn't look like UK buyers will be getting a Focus V8 any time soon, even though sporty concepts such as the Focus Cosworth were well received here. A spokeswoman for the blue oval was lukewarm on the possibility of the RS8 coming to these shores. "Next year we will introduce the new Focus, but I just don't think there would be a market for a V8 version. The majority of people want to buy economical cars, not pay an extra £9,000 for a bigger engine," she said.

My first car was a 67 Mustang Coupe, 2nd one was a 67 Cougar XR-7, 3rd one was a 66 Mustang Coupe. Why did I get rid of these cars for ? I know why, because I'm stupid, stupid, stupid.

My next Ford.....
Stacy94PGT is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-12-03, 03:44 PM
Ford Europe Wannabe
TurboDOHC's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Good ol' Geelong
Age: 35
Posts: 754
Re: U.K.:Ford's 420bhp Focus Muscles In

MMMmmmm.........310KW V8 rear wheel drive Focus. Should be a bit quicker than the planned 2.0L Zetec i want.......
TurboDOHC is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-12-03, 04:15 PM
Registered User
Perana XR8's Avatar
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Australia
Posts: 3,492
Re: U.K.:Ford's 420bhp Focus Muscles In

Looks great. Would be the ultimate sleeper.

Perana XR8 is offline  
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-13-03, 04:30 AM
Corner Hugger
Zetec's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Sunny Melbourne, Victoria
Age: 35
Posts: 1,487
Re: U.K.:Ford's 420bhp Focus Muscles In

as sleepers go that thing would not only shame an RS, kill a WRX and wipe it's arse with a Type R, but it would spit half burnt fuel all over the windscreen of an HSV all while looking completely normal. I like it. Add that to my list. 1 RS and 1 RS8.

2002 Ford Focus Zetec - Machine Silver - 3 door
2 1/4 inch Cat-Back Exhaust, 40mm KW Lowering Springs, K&N Panel Filter, ST170 Indicators, Zetec Floor Mats, Darkest Legal Tint, Genuine 15 Rear Wheel kW FPV Sticker

European Ford Owners Club - Southern Region President

Zetec is offline  
Sponsored Links

  Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > Ford Cars and PAG Vehicles > Ford Focus Forum

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Numerous Recalls Call Into Question the Future of Focus Stacy94PGT Ford Worldwide News 6 10-10-03 01:56 PM
All-new Ford Focus C-Max Stacy94PGT Ford Worldwide News 1 02-23-03 08:58 PM
Ford Focus Inspires C-max Concept Stacy94PGT Ford Worldwide News 0 09-26-02 07:45 AM
Ford: We've fixed the Focus Stacy94PGT Ford Worldwide News 0 08-19-02 07:13 AM
2003 Ford SVT Focus Overview RPO83 Ford Worldwide News 0 07-23-02 07:50 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome