Ford’s in-house performance division is mulling a more extreme model of the Focus RS, as per a report from Autocar. The 2016 Focus RS is powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 350 hp and 350 lb.-ft. (475 Nm) of torque, and can hit a top speed of 165 mph (266 km/h).
According to the report, Ford Performance has its eyes on the reaction to the Focus RS and insiders have confirmed that an even hotter model is under consideration. Should such model be launched, main modifications will be getting rid of unnecessary equipment to reduce weight and upgrading the engine for more grunt. Upgrading the engine may become a very difficult thing to do because it’s already tuned close to its full potential.
While tuning the engine for more power could be an issue, weight saving is something which Ford Performance can surely work on. Power-to-weight ratio can be improved by using more carbon-fibre elements, CFRP body, less noise insulation and stripping out comfort & entertainment components. What we’ll be basically looking at, would be a completely track-focused Ford Focus RS. Consider it like making the Mustang GT350R from the Mustang GT350.
Other modifications may include electronically limited slip differential for the front axle, a paddle-shift dual-clutch gearbox, different set of tyres that provide more grip as well as lighter wheels and additional aero parts.
A logical speculation is that if such model is introduced, it will be limited to a couple hundreds at the most.