A New EcoBoosted Ford Focus RS is Coming to Geneva
Rather, other people will get it. I’m married and have a 4-year old.
However, were this “back in my day”, then the new Ford Focus RS would be my “Most Fabulous Object in the World,” with apologies to Terry Gilliam.
First let’s look at this thing a little closer:
“The all-new Focus RS is a serious machine with high-performance technology and innovative engineering that sets a new benchmark for driving exhilaration on the road and track,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company. “The RS line has a proud history of technical breakthroughs that have migrated to mainstream Ford vehicles to benefit all of our customers, and the new Focus RS is no exception. It’s a great example of our passion for innovation through performance, and creating vehicles that make people’s hearts pound.”
EcoBoost is what really sets this one apart. The technology has been around for a few years, and has really helped the marque extend driving enjoyment while increasing fuel economy. Without having to make a large investment into hybrid technology. EcoBoost allows Ford engineers to better control the amount of fuel directly injected into the cylinder. After the spark ignites the fuel/air mixture EcoBoost then directs the resulting gases into a turbocharger, sending more power to the drivetrain.
In this case EcoBoost allows Ford to extract 315 horsepower from a 2.3 liter 4 cylinder. Yes that is impressive.
Ford is also strapping all-wheel-drive to the new Focus. The technology they’re using is called Dynamic Torque Vectoring. Although that may sound like something you get when you mashup “50 Shades of Grey” with any “Transformers” movie, I guarantee you that it is for cars only. Here’s what Ford says about it:
The all-new Focus RS exploits innovative new Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring to deliver a new level of handling capability and driver enjoyment, combining outstanding traction and grip with exciting agility and cornering speed.
The Ford Performance All-Wheel-Drive system is based on twin electronically controlled clutch packs on each side of the rear drive unit. These manage the car’s front/rear torque split, and can control the side-to-side torque distribution on the rear axle – delivering the “torque vectoring” capability that has a dramatic impact on handling and cornering stability.
The control unit in the rear drive unit continuously varies the front/rear and side-to-side torque distribution to suit the current driving situation, monitoring inputs from multiple vehicle sensors 100 times per second. A maximum of 70 percent of the drive torque can be diverted to the rear axle. Up to 100 percent of available torque at the rear axle can be sent to each rear wheel.
During cornering, the rear drive unit pre-emptively diverts torque to the outer rear wheel immediately based on inputs such as steering wheel angle, lateral acceleration, yaw and speed. This torque transfer has the effect of “driving” the car into the bend, achieving improved turn-in and stability, and virtually eliminating understeer.
To translate: punch the accelerator, and lean on the car in turns. The new Ford Focus RS will hold the line.
The new vehicle will be available in all markets (finally!). More on pricing and rollout is forthcoming.
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