In July, our mouths dropped open when Ford released a video of the production process for its Focus RS500 hatchback. In a move to keep alive a passion for hot hatchbacks, Ford will donate one of its last-run RS500s to its heritage collection, where it will be displayed with other, legendary Ford vehicles.
Although the RS500 was never for sale in the United States, we've lusted after it from afar. Since its introduction at the end of March, World Rally Championship superstar Miko Hakkinen has powered it around the Nürburgring, and the entire line of 500 examples has sold out. To date, the RS500 is the fastest-selling performance car in the United Kingdom, according to Ford.
"The Ford Focus RS500 was an obvious choice to include as a future classic," Ford corporate affairs manager Brian Bennett said.
Ford will donate the RS500 numbered PR001, designating its prime position in the press fleet, to its heritage collection located in a London suburb. The RS500 will continue to make appearances alongside other classic Fords, such as the 1970 Escort that won the 16,000-mile London to Mexico rally. The RS500 is powered by a five-cylinder engine, which squeezes 350 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque out through a six-speed manual gearbox.
We're excited to see Ford holding on to a living legend, and wouldn't be upset if the next hot Focus managed to migrate to our shores.