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Ken Block and Focus RS at Goodwood

As part of its UK debut, Ken Block drives a pre-production Ford Focus RS up the hill on Day Two at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015, getting it sideways in the process as you'd expect after watching his Gymkhana films.


Meanwhile, just a week before, in preparation for its initial UK appearance, the RS was put through its paces at Lommel Proving Grounds, with ESP and Traction Control Systems deactivated :D

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Focus RS Power & Torque Figures Confirmed

Following its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Ford finally confirmed the numbers as 345 horsepower and 324 torque. This comes months after Accidental Horsepower Rating Leak by Ford Ireland with them later responding with "we are guaranteeing it will at least be over 315 hp. Our final numbers will come closer to launch.”

FORD REVEALS 350 PS OUTPUT FOR ALL-NEW FOCUS RS AS KEN BLOCK UNLEASHES HIGH-PERFORMANCE HATCHBACK AT GOODWOOD

- All-new Ford Focus RS delivers 350 PS maximum power from specially engineered 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine
- High-performance hatchback makes global public dynamic debut driven by Ken Block at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
- Advanced technologies include innovative Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring, Drive Modes
- including industry-first Drift Mode – and Launch Control
- Ford Focus RS is among 12 new performance vehicles Ford will offer through 2020 globally

"We promised enthusiasts a serious driving machine and, with 350 PS under the hood, that is exactly what we will deliver," said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. "The stunning pace and innovative technology of the all-new Focus RS place it head-to-head with performance models from luxury and exotic marques, and it's ready for the challenge."

"This very special 2.3-litre EcoBoost unit will inspire drivers as they feel the surge of the turbo, and reward them as they take it to the red line – all delivered with a visceral sound guaranteed to put a smile on your face," Pericak said.
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Focus RS at Ford Nationals in Carlisle PA

Joining a number of impressive Ford performance vehicles, a Stealth Gray Focus RS Prototype was in attendance with many video clips showing it in action. Going viral, video of a Ford representative who stalled the engine, skip to 3:40 in the video directly below to see the moment captured:



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Focus RS Testing on the Nurburgring

Earlier this month a short video clip of the RS in action on the 'ring was published. Reported observations describe the RS seen here as the following:

"planted and purposeful"
"it doesn’t lose traction once in the short video"
"At nine seconds into the video, you will notice how the rear ever so slightly steps out but it’s quickly brought back in line"
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Only 2000 RS Models For America

As part of the Ford Performance Ken Block Experience Sweepstakes, 2 Focus RSs will be up for grabs. On the Monster Energy outlining the sweepstakes overview, a mention of "2,000 Ford Focus RSs that will FINALLY be making their way to the US next year!" was discovered, went viral and later removed!

 

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Anyone watching that video of the RS and hearing how it sounds shouldn't just stop their, being filmed with a GoPro, sound quality probably wasn't that great, not as great as with other videos.
 
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