It was March 30, 2010, when Ford introduced the ultimate Focus RS500, and 12+ years later this particular model remains one of the best hothatch to hit the roads of this planet, no matter which axle the drive is on.
In addition to its stunning technical features, production of the Focus RS500 is limited to just 500 units worldwide, with each car available exclusively in matte black, paired with 19-inch black wheels and red calipers.
Inside, the special badge on the central console that reads its serial number stands out, while it also has Recaro racing bucket seats, which offer the necessary lateral support to its passengers.
During its development, Ford did more than 10,000 km of tests on the Nurburgring circuit, with the company reporting – at the time – that the Focus RS500 could “write” a time close to 8 minutes.
Mechanically, the “ultimate” Focus wears the well-known 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine, which in this case produces 350 horses with 460 Nm of torque, available from 2,500 rpm. To increase the horsepower by 15% and the torque by 4.5% compared to the “simple” RS, Ford engineers reprogrammed the brain, installed a larger intercooler, changed the intake system with a freer filter, installed a larger diameter exhaust, while changes were made to the cylinder head, fuel pump and connecting rods to withstand the greater load.
Drive is sent to the front axle via a six-speed manual gearbox, with all of the above improvements resulting in a 0-100km/h time of 5.6 seconds (0.3 seconds quicker than the RS), while the final speed to reach 265 km/h.
Silverstone Auctions put this particular car under the hammer at its auction a few days ago in Birmingham, England, and it changed hands for 99,000 British pounds, which translates to €114,219 at today’s exchange rate. It is the 174th of 500 produced, with this one being right-hand drive and having covered just 948 miles (1,525 km) over the years.
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