Police in the UK have been lent a new Ford Focus RS hot hatch for evaluation as a possible pursuit vehicle, according to Classic & Performance Car, and we have to imagine that law enforcement officers all across the US are absolutely green with envy.
The new Ford Focus RS has a number of features going for it that could make it suitable for use as a pursuit vehicle; 350 horsepower and all-wheel drive spring readily to mind. And, unlike the mid-engined Ford RS200 rally car that UK police tested in the 1980s as part of a splendid publicity stunt, the Focus RS has rear seats.
Like that car, the 2016+ Ford Focus RS can make the sprint to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.
In truth, this new trial is likely little more than another publicity stunt. Ford even went so far as to recreate a classic photograph from the police’s 1986 test of the RS200, with that car filling in for the Sierra RS Cosworth in the original photo, and a police-liveried Focus RS filling in for it. Still, we rather like the thought of UK law enforcement officers being able to engage “Drift” mode on a whim and have some fun on the job.