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Focus RS Wagon Rendered as the Car Ford Should Build for Drifting Dads

On many occasions that see us bringing you renderings, we have to ask you to turn to your imagination for completing the various puzzles that appear, but this isn't one of those occasions.
Ford Focus RS Wagon 1 photo
With Ford having already released the apparently-unlikely Focus ST Wagon, an RS incarnation of the family man's hot hatch wouldn't be that much of a stretch. Nevertheless, we've decided to bring you a rendering of such a machine and we must thank digital artist TheChallenger Designs for it.

However, while the Blue Oval will, most likely, stick to offering 350 horses in hatchback form, there's one question that needs to be asked. Let's say that Ford Performance, the automaker's global go-fast arm, would go nuts and build such a car, which would pretty much imply there's a customer base for it.

So, is drifting with the kids in the back OK? The answer obviously depends on the car you're sharing with your family when this question arises and, in the case of the Focus RS, this is a positive one.

It all has to do with the controlled manner in which the RS lets the tail out. While this car was obviously designed to fill in the gap created by the retirement of the Evo and the aging process of the STI, Ford engineers came up with a sideways setup that sits in between the two.

We're not here to talk about the GKN-supplied torque vectoring all-wheel-drive setup that makes everything possible. Instead, we want to discuss the way in which the car slides.

As we mentioned above, the Focus RS Mk III doesn't have the tail-happy nature of the Evo, so the risk of taking things too far on the track when the kids are in the back is somewhat limited.

Then again, you're also exempted from the STI's understeer, which means you won't have to push the car that hard past the limit to convince the rear end to let go.

Nevertheless, you'd better make sure everybody wears a helmet and know the circuit you're planning to slide on before going at it.

 
 
 
 
 

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