Since the RS brand's inception inFord's performance models have always been groundbreaking. Ford took its Group B rally car and made it street legal. Then, the company set a record with the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 selling Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 first street car with an engine that produced more than horsepower per liter.
Only problem is, we've never been able to buy an RS in the United States. But that all changes with the Ford Focus RS. How excited are people for this car? Well, the company has already received orders even though the car won't hit show rooms until spring.
So, pretty damn excited. And there's good reason for all this fervor. Now, here's what Fits Hyundai Galloper Mk1 Mk2 1991-2003 Bosch S4 Battery 95Ah Electrical Part can finally confirm: As amazing as we expected the RS to be, it far exceeds every one of our expectations.
Ford held its first drives of the RS in Valencia, Spain last weekend. I spent two days driving the RS on mountain roads, took it for a bunch of hot laps on the Moto GP-friendly Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tomo, and even tried drifting around a specially setup skidpad. In all of these instances, the RS proved to be an absolute riot.
Here's everything you need to know about Ford's new hot hatch. His vision was key to the development of the RS, which took over Lexus Is Mk1 Mk2 2001-2016 Bosch S4 Battery 95Ah Electrical System Replace Part years to perfect.
Little things like the exhaust were fully redesigned twice to eliminate the center muffler and make it as straight as possible, reducing backpressure, increasing power, and creating an angry, Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100, spitting sound that is unique to the RS. Johnson and his team also insisted that everything you see on the car be functional. There are Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 cosmetic fender vents.
Instead, the front grille was enlarged as much as possible to get air to the largest intercooler they could fit. The brake ducts on the front spoiler transfer air into little "jet tunnels" that feed lower control arm deflectors, guiding the air into the center of the brake rotors.
The front spoiler, the roof spoiler, and a lower diffuser work together to give the RS zero lift. The team knew the all-wheel-drive system would be critical to the performance of the car, so it really focused its efforts. Initially they tried a Haldex unit, which provided great straight-line traction but tends to be dull at the limit and usually results in Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100. Ford said the team tried fitting larger rear tires to mechanically overdrive the rear wheels and counteract the limitations of the Haldex, but the driveline blew itself to pieces due Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 the different front and rear ratios and no real way to slip one of the ratios to even everything.
This led Ford to work with the engineering company GKN on the Torque Vectoring Rear Drive Module RDMwhich looks like a rear differential with electronically controlled but hydraulically actuated clutches on each rear-wheel output.
A dedicated computer monitors vehicle sensors times per second and locks and unlocks the clutches given the situation. The clutches allow the Focus RS to transfer up to percent of its available power to the left or right rear wheel. The Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 differential can also declutch both rear wheels to improve fuel economy.
Keep in mind this is a Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 all-wheel-drive car. It's not a front-wheel-drive car that engages the rear wheels when it needs grip.
Instead, the rear wheels decouple when the car realizes you won't be needing them for a while—like, say, for a few hours on the highway. When that happens, the clutches release, but they can be re-engaged within milliseconds when Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 start turning, braking, or doing anything other than Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 cruising. GKN also supplied the front Power Distribution Unit, which allows up to 70 percent of the engine's torque to be applied to the rear wheels, and worked with Ford's vehicle dynamics engineers to create the RS's four driving modes.
During the engineering presentation, Ford emphasized that their high performance cars Focus RS and GT would be able to hot lap a track for 30 minutes. Because of this, I expected a harsh ride on the street.
Instead, the driving modes allow you to customize six different parameters to radically transform Yuuasa nature of the car from a daily driver to a track-day weapon. The driving modes in the Focus RS are far more aggressive than the Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 button you find in most cars. You can also adjust the shocks independently of the Drive Mode by pressing a button on the 04/0905/11 of the turn-signal stalk.
Want 04/09-0511 drive fast on a rough surface? Engage Track Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 and reset the shocks to Normal. Want to quietly slip though town in what feels like Sport Mode without waking the neighbors?
Select Normal Mode, which quiets down the exhaust, and hit the shock button to put the suspension back into Sport. This sounds like a lot of work, but with dedicated buttons, it's easy.
I was able to switch between drive modes, disable electronic stability control, and adjust the shocks all while lapping the track at mph. Normally, the exhaust exits through the passenger side tailpipe until you select Sport, Track, Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 Focuw Mode.
Do that, and a valve opens on the Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 side tailpipe, letting the exhaust out with a roar and causing the car to backfire, gurgle, and pop like a rally car every 04/09-5/11 you breathe off the gas.
The noises are the result of a nifty tuning trick that lights fuel in the combustion chamber while the cylinder head's exhaust valve is open. Some might say it's cheating, but it definitely turns heads while driving down the street.
The shocks could be the most impressive part of the adjustments. Ford looked at using a magnetic shock fluid that firms up when charged with electricity, but the range of adjustment is pretty small with that technology. Instead, Ford used a new Tenneco design that's fitted with a little electronic valve in the shock piston much like the manual adjustment nobs on the top of racecar shocks.
By changing the valving inside the piston, the shocks increase their dampening by 40 percent in Sport Mode. Also worth celebrating is that you can put the electronic stability control into Sport Mode or fully disable the system while in any drive mode, which is rare these days. A lot of manufacturers let you turn it off, but the moment you get into trouble, the stability control rears its ugly little head. With the RS, you can go to the track, push the car's limits, and it will never interfere.
This car truly was built for enthusiasts. The RS is not an ST with bolt-on upgrades. Instead, you get a reinforced chassis, AWD, substantially more power, and better steering and suspension. The two cars roll down the same assembly line, but even the basic unibody is different. The RS gets another piece of steel that connects Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 rear shock towers to the rear subframe mounts. Ford's engineers also added significant bracing to the front and rear subframes, which Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 says improves overall chassis stiffness by 23 percent over the base Focus.
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While the new RS shocks are electronically adjustable, they are very similar in valving and feel to the ST's when the car is Normal Mode. Engaging Sport Mode increases the dampening by 40 percent Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 substantially firms up the car's ride.
The spring rates on the RS have been increased by 33 percent in the front and 38 percent in the rear over the ST, but the suspension bushings are borrowed directly from the ST parts bin. The steering has been quickened from 2.
The base feel of the steering wheel is slightly heavier than the ST in Normal Mode, but increases quite a bit when Sport is selected.
Ford also spent a fair amount of time to improve the road feel of the steering, but I'm still not really a fan of electrically powered steering racks. I did feel more connected to the road than in an ST, but still, it's electric. Despite my personal feelings toward electric steering, the RS was a blast to rip through the mountain roads outside of Valencia. The car is incredibly predictable Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 easy to drive quickly along twisty Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 roads.
The engine makes a significant amount Bugatti Eb 110 1991-1996 Bosch S4 Battery 95Ah Electrical System Replace Part torque at low rpms, allowing you to accelerate in most gears without feeling the need to downshift and wind the motor up.
A 50 kph 31 mph pull to kph 62 mph in fourth gear takes five seconds. For those curious, the previous Focus RS from took 5. The brakes on this car are phenomenal. They work well in a straight line, which is to be expected from massive Brembos, but the real confidence came when you needed to brake hard while entering a corner with the weight transferring to the outside.
No matter how hard I braked at corner entry, the car continued to track where I pointed it and maintained its composure. Anyone with great driving roads near their house will love this car. As fun as the RS is in the canyons, the track is where it really shines. The optional forged wheels with stickier Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires provide a seven percent larger footprint and are well worth the upgrade for anyone considering tracking the RS.
I started out driving in Track Mode with the electronic stability control in Sport Mode and barely noticed it the first lap.
On the second lap, I started to toss the car a little faster than I should have into the higher speed corners. Instead of rotating or feeling like it would spin when I reached the limit, the car's computers took over and did a little four-wheel-controlled drift that was incredibly stable. You could hardly tell the stability control was fixing your mistakes.
On the third lap, I turned it off, and the car was so easy to drive I never went. On the occasion that I did overcook Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 tight corner, the car would understeer and fight to get back on the racing line, but that was my mistake for entering the corner at excessive speed.
On the higher-speed corners, I could easily drive it over the limit and never once worried about leaving the track at speed. I could throw it Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 the corner, keep the gas pedal buried in the floor, and simply aim through the apex.
The car's AWD Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 and torque-vectoring rear differential handled the rest. At first, I didn't entirely get it. The car felt slightly more rear-wheel-drive biased then before, Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 the turn-in seemed crisper, but I didn't get crazy sideways until I committed to full throttle entering the corners.
Once you do that, just dial in Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 little bit of counter steer and start laughing as the car holds its line through a high-speed drift. At the track, the brakes continued to impress.
The front Brembo calipers come with four 38mm pistons and clamp Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100 on mm rotors, making them the largest brakes ever fitted to an RS model. I pushed them harder and harder every lap, and they only seemed to get Ford Focus MK2 2.5 RS 296 Yuasa Battery JZDA Hatchback 04/09-05/11 100. The front tires, however, did start to get hot when I stopped driving smoothly and started having fun with Drift Mode, but that's to be expected when you intentionally overdrive a car.
I was also surprised by the suspension on my hot laps. I expected more body roll from a production car, but in Sport Mode it was firm and planted.