The Focus RS was spotted at an industry pool day last week, an event where manufacturers share time on the ‘Ring testing their prototypes. The belief is that Ford were setting the car up for an attempt at the hot hatch record, and are hoping to set a Nordschleife lap time of around 8:15. The attempt is expected to be made at the next industry pool session starting on March 31st.
The record currently stands at 8:16.9, set by the lightweight Megane R26.R on a set of semi-slick Toyo Proxes R888 tyres. Ford are considering attempting their record-beating lap on the Focus’ standard Continental tyres, but if they can get close enough to the Megane’s time they may well switch to Toyo Cup tyres (worth around 3 seconds per lap) and add them onto the options list for customer cars.
So is there any point to all of this? Not really, a quick time around the Nurburgring bears very little resemblance to a fast blat down a poorly surfaced country road. But if Ford do grab the record you can expect the marketing men will start to get very excited indeed.
Source: Autocar, Auto Mobiles