If Ford can't sell the Focus RS500 in the US out of fear of hurting the Mustang, than it might not build the 390-hp hatchback at all.
Ford Focus Rs500
A lighter, harder Focus RS500 would be a departure from its predecessor, which went for higher output from its turbocharged five-cylinder engine.
Tanner Foust recently saddled up in the Ford Focus RS 500 for a quick blast around the Nürburgring and brought a camera crew along for the ride. We were hoping to watch the hot shoe cane the life out of the 350-horsepower hatchback around the world's most infamous road course. Unfortunately, that's not what we got. Foust appears to have been held up by traffic on more than one occasion, and while he was able to stretch the Focus RS 500 to around 150 mph on at least two occasions, we weren't
Ford Focus RS 500 on the assembly line – Click above to watch video after the jump
2009 Ford Focus RS – Click above for high-res image gallery