• Focus RS Introduced in Nitrous Blue at 2015 NYIAS


    All-new Focus RS makes North American debut at New York International Auto Show introducing advanced performance technologies for ultimate hot hatch experience; pioneers innovative Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring, industry-first drift mode, additional drive modes

    Third-generation high-performance hatch features specially engineered 2.3-liter EcoBoost? engine producing more than 315 horsepower, most powerful RS brake system ever with Brembo front calipers

    Ford Focus RS will be at dealerships in the United States in spring 2016

    DEARBORN, Mich., March 25, 2015

    The all-new Ford Focus RS is set to debut on U.S. soil at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. Focus RS pioneers innovative Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive delivering blistering cornering speed for thrilling performance and unbridled driving enjoyment for enthusiasts in North America for the first time.

    The high-performance road car introduces advanced performance technologies, and is the first Ford RS equipped with selectable drive modes including industry-first drift mode as well as launch control.

    The third-generation high-performance hatch features a 2.3-liter EcoBoost? engine delivering well in excess of 315 horsepower, along with the most powerful Ford RS braking system ever. Its dramatic exterior design offers optimized aerodynamics and cooling, with 9 percent less drag over the previous model.

    ?Customers have begged for the Focus RS to come to the United States for years,? said Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company.

    And now we can say that they are getting one of the most innovative, powerful and best-looking RS cars ever. That is special.

    The RS line has a proud history of technical breakthroughs, Nair added. It's a great example of our passion for innovation through performance, and creating vehicles that make people's hearts pound.

    The all-new Focus RS is the first model that will be produced for all markets at Ford?s Saarlouis, Germany, manufacturing plant beginning late this year, with sales in North America beginning in spring 2016.

    Innovative Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive offers unmatched handling
    Focus RS leverages innovative Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring to deliver a new level of handling capability and driver enjoyment combining outstanding traction with unmatched agility and cornering speed.

    The system is based on electronically controlled twin clutch packs on each side of the rear-drive unit. The control unit continuously varies front-to-rear and side-to-side torque distribution to suit the driving situation monitoring inputs from multiple vehicle sensors 100 times per second. A maximum of 70 percent of the drive torque can be diverted to the rear axle. Up to 100 percent of available torque can be sent to each rear wheel delivering the torque-vectoring capability that has a dramatic impact on handling and cornering stability.

    In cornering situations, the rear-drive unit pre-emptively diverts torque to the outer rear wheel based on steering wheel angle, lateral acceleration, yaw and speed. This torque transfer has the effect of driving the car into a bend achieving improved turn-in and stability while virtually eliminating understeer.

    The system is tuned to deliver exceptional grip with lateral acceleration exceeding 1 g along with exciting cornering speed and acceleration out of a bend. With neutral and adjustable at-limit handling and the ability to achieve controlled oversteer drifts at the track, Focus RS delivers the ultimate fun-to-drive experience.

    This all-wheel-drive system is a breakthrough technology ? capable of delivering supreme cornering and handling at the limit, said Dave Pericak, director, Global Ford Performance. We ripped up the rulebook that says all-wheel-drive hatchbacks aren't fun to drive, and created a car that will surprise and reward in equal measure.

    To deliver optimum driving dynamics, Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive is calibrated alongside the car?s advanced Electronic Stability Control, in particular, the brake-based torque-vectoring system that works in parallel with torque-vectoring all-wheel drive.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Focus RS Introduced in Nitrous Blue at 2015 NYIAS started by Shomare View original post