How much did he really have to do with the new RS? The Ford people tell us that when asked, he pushed them very hard for all-wheel drive, and that helped them decide to do it. Block is also credited with helping to come up with the Drift Mode idea and had input on the car's handling. He was also consulted on things like paint colors. He does it all for free because he loves the Focus RS.
The article mention seat coolers. Now of course purists will say those have no place in a hot hatch. But...I've tried those once, in a Lexus I'd taken for a test drive, and I loved it (the seat cooling, not the car, although it was more than respectable). A gentle breeze to cool down the seat and those things of importance that tend to be close to the seat Absolutely brilliant.
Seat heaters and coolers are helpful. It's a performance hatch but also needs to do well with regular driving, plus with heated and cooled seats, you'll be a bit more willing to get out and drive, that among much more powerful motivations
Transmission is one of my favorite things, glad they didn't go with a dual clutch and instead went with what better suits its character. Thank you Ford