Ford in Switzerland are producing a limited edition of the Focus RS – the Ford Focus RS WRC Edition. Just 50 to be made at £33,500.
Only a few days ago we reported on the latest Focus RS – the Focus RS Clubsport. Ford are planning to build 500 RS Clubsports as a farewell to the current version of the fast Focus. And it sounds like a hoot, with an extra 50bhp and less weight it will probably break the 5.0 second 0-60mph barrier. Not cheap at £35k, but for performance per Pound it’s a bargain.
But it’s not just Ford in Europe putting out a Limited Edition RS. Ford of Switzerland are playing a similar game, although we do wonder if they’ve been a bit caught out by the RS Clubsport. Last year Ford in Switzerland launched a competition to design a limited edition Focus RS based on a concept WRC they had produced. The RS picture at the top is the winner and the Focus RS WRC Edition is up for grabs for 55,900 Swiss Francs – around £33.5k.
Unfortunately – unlike the RS Clubsport – the RS WRC doesn’t have any extra power. It does have a fancy paint job in Frozen White with black and green stickers and stripes. It does get a nice set of 19″ OZ Superturismo GT alloys. And it even gets a plaque signed by Ford Rally drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen. But no extra power.
If it weren’t for the Clubsport RS on the horizon the RS WRC would probably have been in big demand. Fortunately for Ford in Switzerland they’re only making 50 as a sort of homage to the Escort RS 1600 which started the Ford RS Divison in 1970 – making 2010 the 40th Anniversary of the RS. And they’ve probably sold them already.
But at only £1500 less than the Focus RS Clubsport – and 50bhp less – I know where my money would go.