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FORD FOCUS RS Work that smile! Our William finds that irrespective of the stresses of the day, the Focus RS is one of those magical machines that intrinsically makes you smile. With 300hp, speed is plentiful.

It makes a statement, to be sure. Aeronautical aerodynamicists might wince at all the protrusions!

disappointment for about as long as it takes to exploratively trample the right pedal. A rip, snort, bang, burble and pop later, I was laughing in the same way I did when taking a Honda Fireblade for a test after a four year absence from bikes. Surely it can't be that different to other fast front-wheel-drive cars? Having run a fast turbo FWD car for the last four years, I can tell you that it’s completely different. Yep, it's front wheel drive. Ford decided they would roll out this 300hp lightweight rally rep without four-wheel drive, thanks to the introduction of a new front end technology called, improbably,

the RevoKnuckle, and new suspension tech to match. And far from having torque steer to tax an arm-wrestling champ – something older less-powerful RS managed – the Focus RS tracks straight and true with brilliant traction. It will have the odd moment over a bumpy back road under hard acceleration but without that feedback you wouldn’t know where you were anyway so that's a good thing. Even in the wet the RS managed to lay down the power with grace, and brake and corner with incredible confidence, enough to leave you feeling as if you're

A BIG THANKS Thank you to the fine folk at Marshalls Business Aviation at Cambridge Airport for their help and patience with feature. The site is a Cessna Authorised Service Centre, has full FBO and VIP facilities, 50,000sq-ft of maintenance space, and boardrooms for executive use. Call 01223 373214 www.marshall businessaviation.co.uk

nowhere near the limit. Probably best left for a track day to find it. Cornering must be a problem, I thought. FWD cars have a tendency under fast cornering to lighten the inside front wheel and start spinning, especially if powering out of a corner. In fact, the stiffly-sprung RS barely rolls at all and presses on like no other. The RS doesn’t embarrass you when it comes to cabin luxury either,. You might expect a stripped out interior but it’s nothing of the sort. The all-singing all-dancing touch-screen multi media interface would give a small modern jet a run for its money, the traffic system actually works, and the SatNav is intuitive – though you will need to be a master ninja to actually hit the correct spot whilst on the move because of the stiff suspension… motorways good, back roads no chance. Seats hug you like you haven't seen them for a while and are excellent when you start cornering in a sporting fashion. The Focus RS is a sporting car that demands sporting driving. What ever your mood, the RS sets the pace. If you leave the office a grumpy old git, expect to arrive home a full-spirited young buck politician with positive change in mind. Buy an RS, it's good for the country.

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P1 February 2011  

P1 is Loop Publishing's business aviation magazine, published bi-monthly. It brings alive the glamorous, exciting world of business jets, tu...

P1 February 2011  

P1 is Loop Publishing's business aviation magazine, published bi-monthly. It brings alive the glamorous, exciting world of business jets, tu...

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