• Aug 10, 2009
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Point to point, the Ford Focus RS is touted as the fastest vehicle the company has ever made. It reportedly lapped Ford's Lommel test track in Belgium, where we had the chance to sample the second-fiddle Focus ST, faster than the Ford GT supercar. But it's still wasn't fast enough to set a new Nurburgring lap record for its class.

As promised, Ford took its latest hot hatch around the 'Ring in pursuit of the front-drive record currently held by the track-focused Renaultsport Megane R26.R, which set a blistering time of 8 minutes, 17 seconds. Ford's time? 8 minutes, 26 seconds. The session, which you can watch in the pair of videos after the jump, was held in conjunction with German car mag Sport-Auto, whose editor-in-chief Horst von Saurma-Jeltsch, a noted master of the Nordschleife, performed the driving duties. And while the Focus RS may have come up some nine seconds slower than the Renault, you can bet Ford will give it another shot or two before claiming defeat.



[Source: CarScoop]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow...the much neglected Cobalt SS is 4 seconds faster than the Focus. Maybe we don't want the Euro Focus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      guess what? nissans 1989 Skyline GTR did it in 8:22 back in the day.

      update the pads and tires, and im sure it'll shave off quite a bit. nissan still owns.!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love this car, and i love what ford are doing with their range, making them look better, faster, better quality than before. 'tis all good!
      • 5 Years Ago
      silly focus... the nurburgring is for pros!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Eh...the RS was down a few hundred horsepower to make the record....LOL.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think the Cobalt SS is making more than 260PS. It's 0-60 and 1/4-mile times aren't quite good enough to say it gets real-world peak numbers over 260+.

        But the little car can handle. It has outrun a lot of cars it is 'slower' than in 0-60 on the track.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No surprise here, the R26.R has beaten the RS in every review i've seen published. The RS is a lot like the R32, a little slower to sixty, about the same on the track, lots more creature comforts than the R26.R.
        • 5 Years Ago
        God it pisses me off when people randomly cite prices of cars from England in pounds then proclaim how much more money those cars are. ALL the cars in England cost more money-the prices are pretty much the same numerically except in pounds for almost all the cars. So when the exchange rate was almost 2:1 the cars were almost twice as expensive.
        For example in England the Scion xD is the Toyota Urban Cruiser...which stars at 14520 pounds. In the USA the Scion xD starts at $15320 so they're almost the same numerically. You can't just take the price in pounds then run it through the exchange rate since that totally ignores the differing taxes on cars. It's as idiotic as assuming that it'll cost the same amount of money to drive 100 miles in England as it does in the USA when gas costs more money there too.
        If your stupid Cobalt SS was sold in England it'd be more expensive too, quit being a moron.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Jay Tee

        You're not missing anything. You're Cobalt SS can lap faster then the Focus RS, only problem is that it's a cruddy Cobalt.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So the R26.R is a stripper model with R-compounds, and it did the Ring in 8:17, and the RS has 300bhp, good tires, Revo-Knuckle, and a helical differential, and it did it in 8:26. My $22k, 260hp, turbocharged American-built FWD coupe, equipped with cruddy tires and nothing really special about it, does it in 8:22. Am I missing something here?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or up a few hundred pounds.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The R26.R was stripped of basically all creatures comforts including the rear seats, air conditioning, etc. I would imagine doing the same in the Focus RS would definitely shave some time off.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll take the Ford RS anyday everyday, esp over the renault.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Jay Tee...

        yes you are...the Clio and Megane have set the standard for hot hatch and FWD cars for the longest time now.

        In every way fathomable, they are both better cars than the Ford....dynamically they are far ahead...and have been rated at the top for a number of years now.

        I'll take the funky Renaults over this afterthought of a car anyday.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The FWD record seems like low hanging fruit...someone should take a turboed CRX out there....
        • 5 Years Ago
        production-car FWD record.

        CRX was last produced well over a decade ago, and never had a turbo powerplant.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Record breaking Fail
      • 5 Years Ago
      8:22 was the cobalt's time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Is it green?"

      "Yes. Very."
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wrong car! Right color though. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford's British (I think) RS team should remember fellow countryman Colin Chapman's credo: Simplify and add lightness.
        • 5 Years Ago
        there is nothing british at the Focus RS.... like the old Focus RS everything was developt and build in Germany
        • 5 Years Ago
        @nagmashot wrongly, manufacture in Germany (Saarlouis) but development of British Ford TeamRS - headquarters Dunton, Britain.
      • 5 Years Ago
      FORD: Why won't you bring this hot RS pocket rocket to US?

      You give us the lame POS Focus instead for US market. ugh

      How come Europeans get to enjoy these high performance cars when gas over there costs at least double compared to US gas prices?
        • 5 Years Ago
        because no sane person in the Us will drop over 30K on a Focus....When they can buy the Mustang instead for the same price...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Jim Dubois
        I know that the Camaro SS laps the 'Ring in 8:20... and as far as I know the 2010 Mustang is not any slower around a race track than the Camaro... taking into account that the Focus RS laps the 'Ring in 8:26... and the fact that a modern Huyndai would probably fall apart before finishing a single lap. I can conclude that the Mustang does NOT handle like crap, and is a great pony/sports car!

        Not that I have anything against the Euro Focus. I think it's a great car for someone who's looking for a good looking and fast hot-hatch... not for people looking for a great and fast muscle car!
        • 5 Years Ago
        You can get a Cobalt SS for about $21K and it beats this thing. And despite this, Chevy is on the brink of discontinuing it.

        Why would Ford bring the RS here? If it's going to have to compete with a car 2/3rds its cost?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Jim Dubois

        I too with rather a Focus RS than a Mustang. The Focus is way more practical for my needs. That said, saying a Mustang handles like a pig is either hyperbole of ignorance. The thing pulls .95g on the skid pad! (Motor Trend's data) I'd bet the Mustang, with its RWD, would beat the Focus RS around most road courses. I understand that the Mustang is not a lot of people's cup of tea (not really mine either), but don't make stuff up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "because no sane person in the Us will drop over 30K on a Focus....When they can buy the Mustang instead for the same price..."

        Plenty of people are dropping $35K for JCW Coopers. I doubt any of them are cross shopping Mustangs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd take the RS over the 'stang any day of the week. You could load a chest of drawers in the hatch and still lap a mustang.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Call me insane then because I would choose to buy this RS focus over a Mustang for 30K!
        The new Mustang is too big and bloated and still built like crap. Sure straight line acceleration is good but it handles like a pig. Mustang still uses live axle where even low end Hyundais and Kias have multilink suspension setups.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Probably because it would cost more than an STI, and it would still be a 2WD Ford. You'll have to settle for the somewhat slower Speed3.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Serge:

        A modern Hyundai will fall apart lapping the ring? The mustang does not handle like crap (or better than the RS)?

        BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Level:

        If I had to drop on a car I wouldn't even be test driving a Mustang. I would however sample and likely buy a Focus RS. I want fun *and* practicality.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Anybody who thinks the Focus RS would cannibalize Mustang sales is sorely misinformed. Sure they're both sports cars, but they're not even close to the same kind.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would buy a Focus RS today if one was available in the US. I would not purchase a Mustang. Period. Nothing wrong with 'em, just not my thing.

        Level, your theory is crap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's hope they don't pull a Porsche by buying a Megane, doing a few runs, and then accuse Renault of cheating if they don't get similar times.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Have you seen the Megane? It's basically one big cheat. It's not really the same kind of car as a Focus RS or Cobalt SS. They took a regular car and took everything out of it, basically it's a race car for the street.

        It's no wonder it made such a good time. It's only a wonder it didn't do better.
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