Ford stopped development of the new Focus RS

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 22, 2012

Ford has stopped its development of the Focus RS hot-hatch in order to focus on the completion of the full range of derivatives being built off the Focus platform. Ford is making as many as 11 units from the underpinnings of the Focus. These include Focus variants like the Focus Electric car and spin-off models like the Kuga compact SUV.

These models are expected to make up around two million global sales annually as soon as they’re on the road. This explains why Gunnar Herrmann, Ford’s vehicle line director for small cars, thinks that the company has to determine the technological and performance direction for the new Focus RS.

Hermann said that work on the RS stopped due to other priorities. He said that the preparations for the Focus ST launch in May are ongoing. Most of the derivatives will also be seen on the road by May. Kuga will arrive in October and this will be followed by the electric Focus. The new Ford Focus RS offers more power than the old model that offered 224kW and 440Nm from its 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo engine.

Ford still wants to avoid the use of heavier all-wheel drive hardware underneath and hopes to continue using its unique ‘Revoknuckle’ front suspension that works with a limited slip differential to aid in minimizing torque steer – the steering wheel wrenching effect that takes place when plenty of power is sent via the same wheels steering the car. The Ford Focus RS has been discontinued worldwide.

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