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Road and Track Rides In and Learns About the Focus RS

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The guys at Road and Track were treated to a ride in the Ford Focus RS. On top of having a great joyride, they learnt some interesting things about the Focus RS. Here I have picked out a few quotes, and I'll put a link to the full article at the end of the post.

An automatic transmission was never on the table.
When we asked Hameedi if there was any consideration for a dual clutch or automatic in the RS when development started, we received a blank stare in return. "No," we were told after a pause. "Never." It also has a hill holder function, but that can be turned off, thankfully.
On the AWD system:
First, there is no center diff, just two drive units, one at the front and one at the back. There is no set torque split, meaning that there isn't always at least 10 percent of power going to the rear wheels, it's constantly variable. When you set off from a standstill, it automatically transfers power to the rear depending on the level of grip available. If the front tires have no grip, 100 percent of the available torque can go to the rear wheels.

It also has torque vectoring on both axles. In the front, it's brake based while the rear end can actually overspeed the outside rear wheel to mitigate understeer. We were told that the vectoring on the front wheels is rarely used, it's really only there to assist in a moment when the car is extremely upset, mostly from the driver being too aggressive.
On Aaerodynamics:
There's also a huge accomplishment with aerodynamics: The Focus RS has zero lift. For a hot hatch that's a major deal, Hameedi tells us. It does have more drag, but the stability at higher speeds should be markedly better than most cars in the class.
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Great article, I was interested in some more info on the AWD..... Also, I never knew that those pilot 2 tires went for just under $500 a piece. That makes the $2000 upgrade for forged rims and the pilot 2 tires an absolute steal.....For tires I already have the $2000 winter tire package added to mine, now thinking about making a last minute change on the summers.....ugh lol
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What makes that package even sweeter is down the road when you want to sell those wheels, you'll get good money for them since i bet you'll have a good amount of ST owners and even those on the lower trims that will be on the look out for a set, even other RS owners that might need a replacement.
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