Ford Focus RS8 Concept (2003) Ford Focus RS first generation with extra cylinders
In 2003, the tuning fever ravaging the United States and Europe. The popularity of "Full Tilt" was at its peak, and shows like SEMA in Las Vegas They attracted the attention of manufacturers and aftermarket companies equally. The SEMA Show is still important, but we no longer see as special prototypes like that powered Toyota Camry NASCAR Or Ford Focus RS8 Concept, Star SEMA Show more than 13 years ago. A Ford Focus RS created by Ford Performance, charged with Extra power and cylinders. A Ford Focus special.
Performance Ford wanted to show how Ford Focus RS would be a first-generation "American".
Of the sportiest Ford we have spoken at length in Diariomotor. A server wrote the history of the Ford RS name, in which the First-generation Focus RS He had a prominent place. Cars were only 30% shared parts with a conventional Ford Focus, with an engine developed and tuned by Cosworth. instant classics spectacular performance, thanks to its lightness and front axle with limited-slip differential. Today it is impossible to find affordable units.
Ford Performance judged its power of 215 hp as insufficient. Even as the car had been sold in the United States, they tried to bring it to the American public, and they did to the American. They left engine 2.0 turbo four-cylinder and replaced by a 5.0 V8 "Cammer". A crate engine - an engine that anyone can purchase for use in different projects - which shared much of elements with the 5.4 V8 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra of the time - one of the best sports Mustang history.
Ford came to consider offering the conversion kit rear wheel drive through its aftermarket channel.
Engine Ford Mustang SVT Cobra inherited its crankshaft reinforced - among other components - but the "Cammer" had a four-valve cylinder head internal components of higher mechanical strength. The idea was that the owners of this engine it could further enhance and aguantase demanding sessions or drag racing circuit. This V8 was able to develop a whopping 420 hp and 500 Nm of torque, figures bent the figures of the Ford Focus RS in its standard configuration.
Performance Ford's challenge when building was not trivial. First, they had to manage to installed in the engine of Ford Focus five liter V8 of rightsizing. Then they had to make car electronics communicate with the new engine, something not so complicated thanks to the nature plug&Electronics play the "crate engine". The real challenge was adapt the car to a rear-drive scheme. A Herculean task that demanded the reconstruction of the car.
Navigation and satellite radio, two technological advances such as Ford gave this show car.
Suspension schemes were completely redesigned, with the help of outside companies as Kugel Komponents. In the rear axle differential they used a 8.8 inch designed by Ford Racing and a Multimatic suspension, adjustable in height. Aesthetically, it was difficult to distinguish this Ford Focus RS four-cylinder siblings. Only the observers have detected a new exhaust, a larger rear wheels and differential, hovering discreetly under the bumper.
Ford did not sell officially a Focus RS eight-cylinder, although several fans took in exchange operations similar transformation and Ford Performance came to consider offering conversion kits. It would have been a great finale for the first Ford Focus RS.
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