With fans everywhere eagerly awaiting next year’s launch of the 2016 Ford Focus RS, the team at Ford Performance has been sustaining the hype by intermittently releasing segments from a new documentary about the car, titled: Rebirth of an Icon. Part two of this behind-the-scenes documentary has now been released online, and you can watch it for yourself above.
This second instalment from the Ford Focus RS documentary is all about design and crash safety. Illuminating us on the former are Ford Europe Design Director Joel Piaskowski and Exterior Design Supervisor Ernesto Rupar, who explain how the form of the new Ford Focus RS followed from the required functionality. Also making another appearance in this episode is rally racing driver and Gymkhana star Ken Block, who served as a consultant on the exciting new hot-hatch, and Ford of Europe’s Color and Material Supervisor Serife Celebi, who discusses some of the finer points of creating a mood and character through a careful selection of materials.
Finally, this instalment of Rebirth takes us to meet Ford Europe Safety Test Engineer Christian Marschner, who opens up about Ford’s crash testing protocol to ensure that the 2016 Ford Focus RS, like every other model from the Blue Oval, meets global crash safety requirements.
We know what you’re thinking: you just want to see Ford’s newest and hottest hatchback tackling some corners at full-tilt. We can’t blame you. But until more footage like that arrives, try to enjoy this in-depth look at the 2016 Ford Focus RS and its gestation.