This Ford Focus RS Has 900 HP Running Through The Front Wheels!

Funneling extraordinary amounts of power through the front wheels of a car is a tricky business, so it’s no surprise that most car manufacturers shy away from it in their performance models, preferring to send power to the rear or all four wheels instead.

The owner of this Mk2-generation Ford Focus RS could have similarly decided to convert the hot hatch to front-wheel drive before embarking on a series of comprehensive powertrain modifications. However, he didn’t, and what we’re left with is a hot hatch that pumps out a scarcely believable 900 HP through the front wheels alone.

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Officially Gassed recently had the opportunity to speak with the owner of the car before taking it out for a spin – and it is well worth a watch.

Creating a Focus RS with 900 HP took a lot of work and even necessitated the use of a screamer pipe which exits straight out of the engine bay. Sending such absurd amounts of power through the front wheels would ordinarily result in a car that devours its tires at even the slightest touch of the throttle.

In order to mitigate this, the RS features a Syvecs Powertrain Control ECU that has allowed the owner of the RS to fine-tune the engine mapping settings while also enabling a boost-by-gear function to limit the power in the first gears. The result is a highly-tuned super hatch that appears to put its power to the road quite well, meaning its extraordinary performance can be enjoyed with minimal wheel spin.

 

  • Christian Wimmer

    My current has 224-hp / 350 Nm of torque and in sport mode when I hammer it the front wheels loose traction. Still fun to drive. 😀

    • Bash

      Exactly my thoughts, I’m not sure how is it like to drive this thing. I mean physically how?

      • Christian Wimmer

        The owner probably has to baby it when he wants to accelerate. I can’t launch my car (2018 Mercedes A250 AMG Line) from a standstill with a simple kickdown as the front wheels will just spin and torque steer slips in. Essentially, if I want to accelerate hard from a standstill, I have to do a light rolling start, pick up some speed (20 km/h+) AND THEN halfway push the accelerator. There will still be torque steer and the front wheels are still going to burn out (but it’s not as extreme as a one-kick full kickdown) but my car will accelerate better than if I do it from a stop.

        I once met a guy on a enthusiast drive excursion who had an Alfa Romeo 147 GTA tuned to about 450-horsepower (according to him). The car is FWD and he demonstrated to us a launch. The front wheels just keep spinning and burning rubber. 😀

        I bet this Ford is fun to drive, but difficult to launch. But I kinda wonder if this guy just has all that power for bragging rights.

        • Bash

          True I figured. And it’s definitely just for bragging, I mean no way on earth or any other place that this thing can win any drag race or any race. lol

  • Vassilis

    Completely ruined the car…

  • Alduin

    All that power going to the wrong wheels is suicide.

    • Matt

      It’s actually a safety feature.

  • Leconte Dave

    Yikess

  • Nick Hebert

    “could have similarly decided to convert the hot hatch to front-wheel drive”

    You mean rear-wheel drive Brad Anderson.

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