The “Rebirth of an Icon” documentary with the new Ford Focus RS has reached Episode 4, the “Test-track Trials”.
After we have seen how it was created and tested out in the previous episodes, time has come for Ford to bring the new Focus RS into the spotlights once again, this time with the Episode 4 of its hot-hatch documentary, called the Test-track Trials. The clip is following the pre-production tests of the high-performance compact car and Ken Block is also taking part in them, during several laps in a pre-production prototype.
Episode 1: Project kickoff – Block and Nair debate what the car should deliver from behind the wheel of an early prototype.
Episode 2: Design and development – Crunching crashes put the new design to the toughest of tests.
Episode 3: Hitting the road – A 1,600-kilometre (1,000-mile) drive through epic terrain takes prototypes from high in the Rocky Mountains to the Arizona desert.
Episode 4: Test-track trials – Block heads for Ford’s top-secret test facility and indulges in some “hooning”
Episode 5: Arctic extremes – Winter testing in Sweden shows the team is under pressure to improve performance.
Episode 6: Power struggle – It’s all about performance as the Ford manufacturing plant in Saarlouis, Germany, gears up for production
Episode 7: Close scrutiny – The day of the critical signoff drive follows Block’s headline appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Episode 8: Final chapter – It’s time for the nail-biting management review.