Ford Focus Rs --- the definitive review

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Ford Focus Rs --- the definitive review

Post by rocket71 » Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:17 pm

Don't do it......I am giving mine the Bristol Champ Tour to show me something worth keeping it or....."For Sale: 2017 Ford Focus, 1200 miles."

Huntsville last weekend was a real eye opener. The car sucked. It was unpredictable and even with all the nannies off, they still found a way to get involved.
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Re: Ford Focus Rs --- the definitive review

Post by oldmuscle69 » Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:19 pm

Get a freaken Miata or a vette! let me back off a bit you did have stock rubber or you got the best for the car rubber and wheel combo?
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Re: Ford Focus Rs --- the definitive review

Post by thrdeye » Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:54 pm

Some good drivers are having real success with that car...

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Re: Ford Focus Rs --- the definitive review

Post by steverife » Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:37 am

Those cars look awful on course, IMO.
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Re: Ford Focus Rs --- the definitive review

Post by jcox07 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:50 am

I agree with Steve, they look very pushy and unhappy in corners....
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Re: Ford Focus Rs --- the definitive review

Post by Buck05Sti » Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:59 am

But, But drift mode! I'll third the "pushy"/aweful look. They look like they handle worse than a subaru
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Re: Ford Focus Rs --- the definitive review

Post by jcox07 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:20 am

Even in drift mode they still are a pushy pig just not quite as bad but still pushy....
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Re: Ford Focus Rs --- the definitive review

Post by John Brown » Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:44 am

Berry, Im in the same boat kinda. My FoST is so different than anything I have driven in the last 15 years.. it takes a totally different driving style/technique.
I cant just sling the thing around.. My approach to corners is way different than small/rear drive. Every body tells me my car looks "weird" on course... I still dont know what that means.. :lol:

It feels great..(except for 6 cone saloms) it hates that. :evil:
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Re: Ford Focus Rs --- the definitive review

Post by steverife » Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:14 am

Yeah, the FoST does weird stuff on course, too.
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Re: Ford Focus Rs --- the definitive review

Post by Buck05Sti » Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:58 am

jcox07 wrote:
Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:20 am
Even in drift mode they still are a pushy pig just not quite as bad but still pushy....
Watching them on course i was surprised how fat and pushy they look. Especially considering "drift mode" and all the other wizardry that they're supposed to have
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Re: Ford Focus Rs --- the definitive review

Post by thrdeye » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:08 am

Wonder how people are aligning them? Berry?

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Re: Ford Focus Rs --- the definitive review

Post by jcox07 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:15 am

Magic Sauce huh!!! lol
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Re: Ford Focus Rs --- the definitive review

Post by John Brown » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:17 am

I spilled that shit all over mine... :lol:
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Re: Ford Focus Rs --- the definitive review

Post by rocket71 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:42 am

I haven't gotten it aligned yet. I am not sure where to start or if I want to spend the money. :/ It just wasn't fun. I might come to Bristol this weekend to run again.

My fastest run without a cone was in drift mode. Apparently it overdrive's the outside rear wheel which should help with rotation but it still was pushing. My fastest run was .6 faster and that was running in Track mode but shocks on soft.
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Re: Ford Focus Rs --- the definitive review

Post by thrdeye » Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:56 am

Man, I don't think it's fair to judge a car without at least a basic performance alignment.

I would assume that with AWD and not quite enough tire, you'll want to stiffen the front with a bar to keep it from rolling, put as much negative camber in as you can of course, then tune the balance of the car with rear toe and air pressure. Until you know what you can get out of the front camber wise it's hard to recommend a rear setting, but my guess is "not much more than -1"

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