• Jul 8, 2010
Ford Focus RS 500 on the assembly line – Click above to watch video after the jump

It takes quite a bit to build one of the world's hottest hatches. We are, of course, talking about the Ford Focus RS 500. While the car may start life as nearly identical to the standard Focus hatch, the hottest Focus quickly sets about a path of factory modification that starts with a unique hood and wraps up with a special intercooler, bodywork, spoiler and wheels – all slathered on by hand. In between, everything from the car's trick flexy bits to the wild 350 horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter engine make their way on board via the miracle of the assembly line.

How do we know all this? Ford has released a video, of course. The company recently churned out a quick flick detailing the production of the devilishly fast little hatch at its Saarlouis manufacturing facility. We even get a look at the guys and gals from 3M as they wrap the car in matte black vinyl. Hit the jump to enjoy.



[Source: YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      You can buy V8 conversion kits for the Focus.
      Might be easier than trying to import the European spec version.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can saddle up raging bull... that'll be easier than learning to drive a V8 Focus conversion. I don't anyone could make that sucker handle worth a flip.

        The C30 uses the same turbo'd 5 as the Focus ST... some tuning, maybe some parts here and there and you'd have a 500-ized Volvo. Maybe?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please tell me the vinyl is optional.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How do you think almost everyone does a matte finish these days?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Riddle me this, then: When a rock gets thrown up and puts a small nick in your front bumper or hood, would you rather pay to get a new wrap put on it, or completely re-paint it? Hint: It's cheaper to put a new wrap on.

        Lots of people wrap their new cars in clear vinyl to keep the finish perfect. Can you imagine buying a used car 7 years old with the factory paint still flawless?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Piss on Ford for not bringing this car here!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wouldn't pay 40k for that!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      And why isnt this car coming to the states?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can haz Focus RS500?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      C'mon Ford bring the RS here!
      • 4 Years Ago
      to kaimonkey & soma

      $40k is the price of a hot Subie and their selling every last one. As long as it beats the crap out of whatever's in it's class, it sells.

      And FWD = mediocrity is a dated thinking. Kinda like rockin a mullet
      • 4 Years Ago
      well only 500 hundred are being built so technically they arent being sold in Europe either. Specifically a made to order car, im pretty sure that at least 3 of those are headed to the US for people that have ordered them.

      On the whole focus ST/RS range i guess there really isnt a market for it in the US. When i over in Florida for a holiday i was astounded at how big the cars were, i dont understand why anyone would need such a huge car. I guess its just the way most of the states are layed out, i.e you need a car to go places, in the UK i could walk to anywhere i needed to go. Maybe thats why places like new york have similar sized cars to those in the UK that i've seen.

      Anyway im rambling now so yeah. I love Ford Europe. That is all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Have you seen the sales of Mazdaspeed3, WRX, EVO, etc in the U.S.? There certainly IS a market for FWD/AWD "hot hatches" and the like here. The problem is Ford battling multiple brand images (mostly negative) and perceptions, especially with the 18-30 y/o crowd that is most likely to buy a car as this.

        But yes, you're correct- 9 times out of 10 you need a car to go anywhere in the U.S. due to layout and a lack of public transportation (too expensive with such largely laid out cities and relatively low ridership). What I don't understand as an American myself is why people automatically think big=safer or that they need cargo space for a 3rd world country when they are merely taking their kids to the movies. Some families really do need it (try fitting 3 kids and their sports gear in a Yaris, it's not fun) but I think a wagon would suffice nearly as well as an SUV but to each their own.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sweet video and sweet car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If elected president... I vow to travel from sea to shining sea...and bring all the cool sh!t to our shores.

      cdwrx '12
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would vote for you!
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're correct. As a presidential candidate I should be taking credit for things that happened in the past without my input; preferably before my birth.

        Ahem, I invented the Mustang, the Camaro, the Corvette, and the Challenger. My opponent wanted them to be pedal cars but I stood tall and refused. 'These cars must have up to eight cylinders configured in a 90 degree V-like formation!' I said. And so it was, so it is, and so it shall be.

        cdwrx '12
        • 4 Years Ago
        How about a program of building cool sh!t here?
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