Ford Focus RS Laps VIR In 3:03.9 At Lightning Lap 10: Video

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Car and Driver has just gotten through marking down the times posted by some of the hottest makes and models in this year’s Lightning Lap feature – the publication’s twelfth. The resulting collection of hot-lap videos and writeups from the trackside at Virginia International Raceway confirm what we already knew about the new Ford Focus RS: it’s a truly formidable performance machine.

Car and Driver’s Josh Jacquot managed to pilot the 2016 Ford Focus RS through the curves of VIR in an impressive 3:03.9. By comparison, this year’s BMW M2 turned in a lap time of 3:01.9, taking just 2.0 fewer seconds to complete the road course, while the 2016 Audi TTS lagged behind with a time of 3:07.7. The Ford Focus RS’ time is also good enough to put it 1.3 seconds ahead of the 2015 Mustang GT, and a considerable 4.9 seconds ahead of last year’s Alfa Romeo 4C.

What’s more, the Focus RS’ advanced all-wheel drive system means that the car doesn’t ask too much of the driver to accomplish such results. According to C/D, “the most effective driving style… is gra­tui­tous use of the throttle. Put your foot in it. Steer. Let the electronics sort out the rest.” Sounds simple enough.

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Be sure to watch the 2016 Ford Focus RS’ full lap of Virginia International Raceway in the hands of Car and Driver above.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

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