The Focus RS Mk1 was produced from October 2002 to November 2003 and was Ford’s return to the RS badge after the demise of the Escort RS Cosworth. Production was limited to 4501 units only. The car was a limited production run available in 21 European countries, but 2147 were sold in the UK.
Development was undertaken by a mixed team of Ford engineers and Tickford Engineering in Milton Keynes and the Focus RS upgraded or replaced 70% of the standard car.
The Duratec engine was heavily modified with forged aluminium pistons, hardened valve seats, sodium-filled exhaust valves and a stainless steel exhaust system. The forced induction system comprised a Garrett turbo with a water-cooled charge air cooler and an electric water pump. Power figures were quoted as a minimum of 215 PS and 310 Nm of torque. The 5-speed MTX-75 gearbox incorporated an AP Racing clutch and a Quaife automatic torque biasing differential.
The steering used a similar quick-ratio rack as the ST170 while the brakes were Brembo 4 pot calipers with 324 mm discs at the front and 280 mm discs at the back. The suspension used short travel dampers courtesy of Sachs.
The Focus RS was only available in one colour, Imperial Blue. The RS body featured unique front and rear bumper assemblies required for the wider wheel arches which accommodated the WRC spec 65 mm wider front track. Wheels were 18″ alloys specially developed by OZ Racing. Internally the seats, gear lever, handbrake, and pedals were all custom made by Sparco.
This 2003 example, number 2336 has covered only 65,881 miles and benefits from an exceptional full Ford service history with 24 stamps in the service book and it has just had a timing belt replacement, full service and MOT carried out by Graham Goode Racing.
The only notable modifications that have been carried out over the standard specification are the aftermarket bonnet vents and an upgraded stainless exhaust system including a 4 branch manifold and a Bluefin remap, the controller is included in the sale.
This car is the later stitched seat model often mistakenly referred to as a “Phase 2”. The date correct, RS cherished registration number will stay with the car.
The rear arches and sills were repaired last year by a renowned Focus RS specialist so the new owner has no need to worry about the common rust issue that affects these cars.
Also included in the sale but not shown in the photographs are the rare and coveted dealer supplied RS floor mats, the leather RS book pack with all manuals, 2 keys and the original GT alarm fob, an indoor car cover and a small selection of spares including a steering wheel.
With prices rising considerably over the past 5 years these cars make for a sensible and valid investment opportunity.
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Competitive finance is available on this vehicle (subject to status), Part exchange is welcome. Contact us for more details
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- 18" Wheels
- Air Conditioning
- Alarm System
- Limited Slip Differential
- Sports Exhaust