First Ford RS500 Joins Heritage Collection

American manufacturer Ford announced today the first example of the RS500 is joining the company's heritage collection. The model has been, in fact, Ford’s fastest selling performance car in the UK. The Focus RS500 was unveiled as a limited-edition model of 500 retail units plus 12 models produced for demonstration and press purposes.

Just 101 right-hand drive Focus RS500 models were available in the UK and they sold out within days of being launched.

The first right-hand drive press unit in the UK, number PR001, has featured widely in motoring magazines and will now join the company's Essex-based fleet of heritage vehicles at Dagenham.

The car will be sitting alongside icons such as the 1970 London to Mexico winning Ford Escort, the Ford RS200 and the 2005 Ford GT supercar, and will be put on public display at motor shows and Ford dealers.

"The heritage collection is the largest collection of roadworthy historic Ford vehicles in the UK and includes some of the industry's most famous vehicles such as the Ford Model T and the Ford Cortina. Performance models feature strongly and the Ford Focus RS500 was an obvious choice to include as a future classic,"
Ford corporate affairs manager, Brian Bennett, said in a release.

The hatch only needs 5.6 seconds to deal with the 0 to 62 mph sprint (it manages to cut 0.3 seconds off the standard RS’s time) and can reach a top speed of 163 mph. But it won’t be demonstrating any of that now, as it is set for a slower pace.
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