Ford has released the fifth episode with the new Focus RS documentary which is called “Arctic Extremes”.
If you thought that creating the ultimate hot hatch was easy, Ford is proving otherwise with its Focus RS documentary called the “Rebirth of an Icon”. The blue oval is showing us the fifth episode in which the high-performance compact car is being tested in Sweden, with the team being under pressure to improve performance. The vehicle shown here is in pre-production form and, in case you forgot, it has a 2.3l EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo petrol engine under its hood, with 350 HP, enough for a 0 to 100 km/h sprint made in 4.5 seconds.
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.