History of Hot Hatches in ten cars
Ten fast, diminutive hatchbacks that chart the hot hatch genome
Posted: 04 Feb 2014
2002 Ford Focus RS
Souped up models from the Blue Oval have always been loitering around the British performance market, and the Focus has played a huge part. Ford dropped the RS name after the Escort but with the poor sales of Racing Pumas the moniker was resurrected and a new lineage of fast Fords began.
Ford were so determined to make it faster than the slightly less hot ST170 they handed it over to their rally team. They changed 70 per cent of the parts resulting in a car with a turbocharged four-pot engine not far off WRC specs. It could hit 60mph in 6.3 seconds, a top whack of 144mph, and obscene amounts of torque steer.