Ford Focus RS Mk1 (2003) [Feature]

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Guide price of £16,000 – £20,000

For auction at Silverstone Auctions.

In 2002 Ford launched its highest performance version of the Focus, the RS, returning those famous letters to one of its cars for the first time since the Escort RS Cosworth. The new RS, inspired by Colin McRae’s WRC rally exploits, featured a 2.0-litre Duratec RS engine with an advanced turbocharging system and oil-spray cooled pistons to achieve 215bhp and a 0-60mph of 6.4 seconds.

The chassis was further developed and a Quaife torque-biasing differential fitted to ensure optimal front-wheel-drive tractability, although torque-steer was evident. Suspension was by uprated offset coil springs with Sachs Racing dampers, whilst stopping power was provided by Brembo brakes. The cabin was competition-inspired and featured leather and Alcantara Sparco seats.

The exterior of the car took a number of styling cues from the WRC rally car and even used custom 18 inch O.Z. Racing alloy wheels as a nod to its competition cousin.

The RS was only available in Imperial Blue, in Europe, with a limited run of 4501 cars being built; just under half (2147) sold to the UK.

This particular example is for sale by Silverstone Auctions at the NEC Classic Motor Show Sale 2019. UK-supplied and first registered on 28/07/2003. This two owner example showing just 37,100 miles on the odometer.

Figures

EngineTurbocharged 2.0-litre Duratec RS
Transmission5-speed manual
Power215 bhp
Torque310 nm
0-60mph6.4 seconds
Top speed144 mph

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For sale at: Silverstone Auctions

Contact: silverstoneauctions.com

Location: Birmingham, UK

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