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Watch - 2016 Ford Focus RS Documentary Kicks off With Ken Block

A look at the early stages of Ford's new hot hatch.

Erick Ayapana
Sep 30, 2015

The 2016 Ford Focus RS is shaping up to be a very special car, and the automaker has created a documentary to showcase all the effort that went into developing the hot hatch. The multi-part documentary, "Focus RS: Rebirth of an Icon," starts off with rally superstar Ken Block and Ford's VP of product development Raj Nair.

Nair and Block meet at a Ford test facility in Dearborn, Mich. where both drive a Focus RS prototype on a track. At this early stage of the hatch's development, Nair tells Block what his goals are.

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"We want the car to reward expert drivers like you," Nair says. "But we also want it to flatter the novice."

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From there, Block gets in the driver's seat to share his initial impressions and tells Nair how much he liked having the second-generation Focus RS as his daily driver. In fact, Block claims he wouldn't have signed on with Ford if that Focus RS wasn't included in the contract. Nair also daily drove an RS product in his past, specifically the Escort RS Cosworth.

After a few more laps on the track, the episode ends. Future episodes will include scenes from Ford's safety and design facility in Germany, as well as cold-weather testing in the Arctic.

Source: Ford

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