Report – Ford of Europe could deliver lightweight special edition Focus RS image

The Focus RS hot hatch has hit a number of milestones with its new generation – goes global, adopts all wheel drive, so naturally European drivers that were used to exclusivity might feel a bit left out now.

But fear not, Ford of Europe appears to have a solution, according to the latest report. It appears the Ford Performance unit is monitoring closely the reactions to the RS and might decide to deliver a limited series model. According to sources from within the company the hardcore version of the 345bhp five-door hatchback could try and seize the record for being the quickest accelerating hatch ever made. The improvements in terms of performance and most of all driver excitement would mainly come via lightweighting techniques and improvements at the powertrain level. Naturally, this would only be possible if the make abandons its well known affordability modjo and goes to the level of the premium opposition (think about Mercedes-AMG A45 and Audi RS3).

It appears the engine will not be the main objective of the improvements due to cooling constraints and the Ford Performance engineers might focus instead on lifting the hatch’s power-to-weight ratio via lightweighting techniques. Besides drivetrain upgrades under consideration, the model could also be clad in polycarbonate glass, carbon fiber-reinforced plastic body kit, forged aluminum suspension components, carbon ceramic brakes. Also stripping away the insulation and throwing away any unnecessary interior components would deliver weight savings of around or more than 100 kgs. The powertrain improvements could involve an electronically controlled limited-slip differential for the front axle and a dual-clutch auto transmission.

Via Autocar