Skip to main content

Form follows function in this walk-around tour of the new Ford Focus RS exterior

Since its reveal a week ago, We’ve been unhealthily preoccupied with the new Ford Focus RS. With this generation of the hot hatch being sold globally, it’s a different beast than the ones that came before it, so we’re eager to scrupulously go over every detail. Fortunately, we’re not alone, and the guys at Evo were lucky enough to get a walk-around tour of the vehicle, giving us all insight on what to expect.

Yeah, a video of the car in action would be ideal, but we get lots of information in lieu of exciting footage as presenter Henry Catchpole asks many of the same questions we’ve been wondering ourselves. Led around the car by Exterior Design supervisor Ernesto Rupar, we get to find out the thought process that went behind some of the decisions in the car’s body shape.

2016 Ford Focus RS
Image used with permission by copyright holder

For instance, while inspired by the RS’s that have come before, the team decided against going for a wider stance, focusing rather to put the resources into engineering the performance of a wide-body car without having to stretch out the looks. While the track of the rear wheels does get a 5 millimeter extension, but its kept relatively tight for the sake of global appeal.

Distinguishing the look of the car from the ST was important, but more critical was that every exterior choice had a function that preceded form. For instance, when it came to the front facia, the aggressive face is derivative of the Fiesta rally car currently racing in WRC, incorporating a fine mesh to protect the large intercooler.

The final treat of the video is when the car is started up to be moved from the studio, which is something the handlers allegedly weren’t supposed to do. Yes, we’ve heard the car in the Ken Block video that accompanied the car’s reveal, but this was a more realistic, non-Ford produced moment where we get a little hint at what the production version has in store for us.

We’ve still got a way to go until we get our hands on the third-gen Focus RS, but when we do, we’ll be excited to try all this controlled drifting Ford is so happy to mention repeatedly.

Alexander Kalogianni
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Alex K is an automotive writer based in New York. When not at his keyboard or behind the wheel of a car, Alex spends a lot of…
Best electric car charger deals: $100 off home charging stations
The handle of the Grizzl-E EV charger plugged into a vehicle.

While they may not dominate the market just yet, electric vehicles have become pretty massive in the past few years, with many people seeing them as the perfect alternative to traditional combustion engines. Of course, because EVs aren't as widespread, that means that there aren't always a ton of charging stations around, and sometimes those have inoperative or full chargers, leading to quite a few issues down the road. Luckily, you can get some excellent car chargers at home, which is why we've collected our favorite car charger deals for you below to save you trouble.
Seguma 16Amp Level 1/2 EV Charger -- $120, was $160

If you need a more basic charger, this Level one and two charger from Seguma is a solid option and can deliver 16 amps and 3.84kW, which is pretty substantial. It also comes with a NEMA 6-20 plug and a standardized J1772 connector, which should work on most EV vehicles out there except for Tesla, which has its own connector. There are also some intelligent charging features, which include things such as protection against things like under and over voltage, leakage, and lighting, and it has an automatic cut-off when your EV is fully charged.

Read more
Revamped Lucid Air shows this luxury EV’s bandwidth
Front three quarter view of a beige 2024 Lucid Air Touring.

If you’re only going to sell one car, you’d better make it count.

The Lucid Air electric car finally took flight in 2020 after years in financial limbo. While Lucid plans to launch an SUV called the Gravity and a line of smaller, more mainstream models, the Air remains Lucid’s sole product nearly four years after its launch. The Air has evolved in that time, adding multiple configurations that allow this one car to fill several niches.

Read more
With 1,800 horsepower, Bugatti’s Tourbillon brings plug-ins past the Prius
The Bugatti Tourbillon is a plug-in hybrid.

Plug-in hybrid technology has reached the automotive industry’s upper echelon. Bugatti has unveiled the Tourbillon, the long-awaited successor to the Chiron, with a gasoline-electric drivetrain rated at 1,800 horsepower, 3D-printed parts in the suspension, and an unusual sound system that has no speakers.

Bugatti developed the Tourbillon on a blank slate. The big coupe’s proportions are relatively close to the Chiron’s because the two cars need to fulfill a similar mission: cruise safely and comfortably at jaw-dropping speeds. Bugatti hints that hitting 250-plus-mph is well within the Tourbillon’s scope of capabilities. For context, the Chiron set a speed record and became the first car to break the 300-mph barrier when it reached 304 mph in 2019, so the brand knows a thing or two about speed.

Read more