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Focus RS500?

Ford Considering Focus RS500?
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By Justin KingFriday, Jun 3rd, 2016 @ 12:39 pm

Ford could be working on a limited-edition Focus to slot above the current high-performance RS flagship.

The hatchback would be labeled the RS500, according to a Motor Mag report, reviving a 2011 package (pictured) sold in Europe with a run of just 500 units. The original RS500 accelerated to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, but Ford is expected to aim for a sub-four-second benchmark with the new model.

It is unclear if Ford's engineers can easily squeeze more power from the RS' 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, which boasts 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. The numbers are good for a zero-to-60 mph sprint in 4.7 seconds.

If the EcoBoost mill is already close to its maximum emissions-compliant output, engineers will presumably focus on weight-saving tweaks to help improve performance. Carbon-fiber bodywork, lightweight brakes, extensive aluminum suspension components and a stripped interior are expected to save a few hundred pounds. The company could also implement carbon wheels, as featured in the GT supercar and Shelby GT350R Mustang.

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Hereís Evidence That Ford Is Working On Hotter Focus RS500

http://www.carscoops.com/2016/06/her...orking-on.html

Itís been rumored recently that Ford is mulling a wackier version of its already potent Focus RS, and while weíve yet to obtain official confirmation, these spy shots could provide the first evidence of what could become the new RS500.

The only visible difference over the standard Focus RS - aside from the missing trim on the driverís side fog light surround, is the vented hood that looks like the one used on the previous-gen Focus RS500 that was never offered in North America, but that makes sense if itís an early development test mule, as the important changes are hidden under the sheet-metal.

The original Focus RS500 was the fiercest Focus ever and was considered by many as the spiritual successor to the 1980s Sierra RS500 with its 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five picking up 45hp and 14lb-ft (19Nm) over the stock RS to produce 345hp (350PS) and 339 lb-ft (460Nm) to reduce the front-wheel drive carís 0-62mph (100km/h) time from 5.9 to 5.6sec.

This time around, the current-gen base Focus RS is an even more sophisticated, powerful and faster beast, pairing a 345hp (350PS) and 324lb-ft (440Nm) 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbo to a 6speed manual and a clever all-wheel drive system that help it reach a top speed of 165mph (266km/h) with 0-62mph (100km/h) dispatched in just 4.7 seconds.
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Current 2016 Focus RS



A Focus RS500 would have to be a 2017 model, so it has at least 2 model years before next gen Focus in 2019.

Current RS offers 350hp and 350 torque. So an RS500 should offer 400hp/400 torque.

It could be that Ford is ramping up Ford Performance models and getting them in the public eye, now that the New GT won 24 Hour Le Mans.

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http://blog.caranddriver.com/first-l...ycross-season/

"The Focus RS rally cars will also go like the devil, what with all-wheel drive and 600-hp “EcoBoost” engines. With nearly double the horsepower of a stock Focus RS, the race car’s turbocharged engine, we’d say, is more “Boost” than “Eco,” but either way—600 horsepower! Details on the rest of the car are upcoming, but we do know the fetching Focus will claw its way to 60 mph in less than two seconds. "


Hopefully this is a pattern. Ford will race a version of a car that is for sale.

GTE Pro = GT

Rally Cross RS = RS and RS500

What's next? What about Mustang. Mustang has track cars but Ford does not race Mustang. But maybe the 2019 24 Hour Le Mans GTE Pro Am with the next gen Mustang. I remember reading where Ford stated trying to get Mustang with it's current platform race ready would cost too much. Which indicates that push to get a next gen Mustang earlier, could mean that Ford has Le Mans aspirations for Mustang also.
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^.....did they get 600hp out of a 4 cylinder engine?
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motor1.com reporting it as well, rumor of a 220 lbs weight loss. Supposed to be the fastest accelerating hatchback ever(guess not including Ferrari FF).
http://www.motor1.com/news/64225/loo...lly-happening/
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"Company insiders cited by Motor Mag said a while ago the mega-hatch will get carbon fiber reinforced plastic bodywork, carbon fiber brakes, and forged aluminum suspension parts to shave off weight. For the same purpose, Ford apparently plans to remove some of the sound insulation for what will be a stripped-out cabin."

This could be the first fruit of Ford's advancement with mass production of carbon fibre body parts Trickling down what they have learned from the GT. Which could mean a version of the 2017 Mustang could get light-weighted and a speed boost. I would think Ford is highly aware of the 200+ lb weight advantage the Camaro has with it's new platform. But with the current platform, Ford could use carbon fiber to level the weight playing field and expanding the Mustang's performance lead.
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jumping 'ahead' to composites with Mustang makes a LOT of sense to me

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^...especially if Ford is already planning to use light-weighting to boost fuel economy of it's 'new hybrid' models = economy of scale. If carbon fiber can make it into the F-Series trucks, it's a done deal. oh......forgot all about aluminum for the Mustang.
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^ I didn't "forgot all about aluminum for the Mustang"
that's why I said "jumping ahead"...
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my understanding is that the way c.fiber dissipates (crash) energy is by shattering - so maybe Not for a work truck?, except for internal/sheltered structures?
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