2010 FORD Focus RS

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2010 FORD Focus RS

Background

RS, it’s one of the iconic Ford brands and it signifies one thing: that the car’s going to be fast. In fact, it means more than one thing because handling, rally and race successes and a whole lot more are neatly tied up and implied in any RS bundle.

By the late Nineties Ford’s road car lot had become a touch sober, but in 1998 the new Ford Focus brought modernist lines and one very smart FWD driving experience to the party.

Four years later came the hallelujah moment that fast Ford fans had been praying for: the RS version. Its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine produced 215bhp with a Quaife differential helping to keep that power on the straight and narrow, and big Brembo brakes lending huge stopping power. Bodywork came in Imperial Blue with O.Z. racing wheels topping off the racy exterior package; inside it was pretty standard Ford fare but you did get funky blue-striped Sparco seats.

On the performance front 0-62mph went by in 6.4secs and top speed hit 144mph. Not crazy by modern standards, but the boisterous manner in which it unleashed its wares was pure entertainment. The template had been set and each generation of Focus RS simply got wilder, and wilder.

The Mk2 arrived in 2008 with a 2.5-litre 5-pot engine good for 300bhp and lairy, aggressive styling that included a rear diffuser, bonnet vents and the option of a new colour: Ultimate Green.

Allow us to introduce you to one such example. Although, be warned it’s not for those of a nervous disposition as it’s been tweaked. How does 420bhp sound?

The Vehicle

Ben Proctor has been the lucky owner of this spectacular Focus RS for the last six years. “I bought it from John Holland of Sheffield and I’m the fifth owner from new. It had completed 82k miles at that point and has now covered just under 104k miles with a full service history from new. It certainly isn’t one of the doggy ones out there!

“The overall condition is very good and it’s been really well maintained. It’s just passed an MOT with no advisories noted. It’s been my pride and joy – being cleaned regularly to show standard.”

It is however, not quite the same car that Ben bought, as in the intervening years it’s had a whole raft of upgrades. He has spared no expense in turning it into the exact car that he wanted. “It currently runs the CP420 Performance Package, well recognised in the Ford industry, with all works completed on the car by Terry Brooks of BAR Performance (Brooks Auto Repair), as well as exterior and interior tweaks, at a total cost of around £7k.”

These include:

• Airtec Intercooler

• Engine mounts

• Mongoose exhaust system 500, including sports cat

• Upgraded 550cc injectors

• Wheel spacers

• Lowering springs

• JL Audio system

• Turbo boost gauge

• Green interior footwell lighting

• Monkey Wrench headlights with daytime running LEDs

• Maxton Design body extensions

• Gloss Black alloy wheels

• Gloss Black bonnet vents and side mirrors

• Green Ford badge accessories

• Refurbished front seats

• New clutch

• Full Pandora alarm system with proximity sensor, tilt sensor and a digital key fob for real time car data

Ben has used the car for weekend pleasure in good weather, attending and displaying it at the Ford Fair at Silverstone, Ford Fest and Santa Pod regularly. He also says that it’s never seen a track.

“I’m now reluctantly selling as my family is about to expand,” he says. That’s a blooming shame for Ben, but an opportunity for another fast Ford fan to step into this magnificent Ultimate Green beast.

On the Outside

The body is straight with excellent paint – its lustre remains superlative. At The Market, we’re big fans of wild colours on fast cars and this RS positively rocks it.

Ben has had the Maxton Design body extensions integrated for a WRC look and they’ve been seamlessly added to lend it an aggressive, muscular presence. Wheel spacers are fitted to ensure the tyres fit the wider arches. The pumped up body is nicely complemented by other touches such as the gloss black bonnet vents and mirrors, and matching alloy wheels, as well as the green Ford badge accessories. The Airtec Intercooler script is also colour-coded and the overall impression is of a very complete visual package. Up front sit the lovely Monkey Wrench headlights with daytime running LEDs, and even these have a moody ‘you wanna mess with me?’ aura. There’s also NEXTLEVEL badge on the offside front edge of the bonnet, just as a cheeky wink to the completed works.

Fabulous is the word we used in our ‘Coming Soon’ preview and we’ll stick with that, thank you very much.

On the Inside

Unsurprisingly the refurbished Recaro front seats look unworn and tres smart, and provide truly superlative medial/lateral support – you won’t be going anywhere during fast corners. If the car were ours then the next logical step would maybe be to have a trim shop fit green RS and Recaro scripts to them, so they match the rest of the badging.

The other badges are colour-coded, as per the exterior. The dashboard is fairly mark-free and both the steering wheel and gear lever (including boot) remain in tip-top condition. Ben has added Green interior foot-well lighting, which suits the nature of the car and looks great once the sun goes down.

Carpets and mats are very good. All electrics function, as they should. At the rear, the boot is in similar condition; there are one or two scuffs on the plastic lock surround, but the carpet is pretty unworn.

Nice.

Underneath

“The RS is amazing to drive,” states Ben. “It’s very solid, responsive and handles the road really well without being a harsh ride. All modifications have been carried out tastefully with the car’s reliability being put first. The CP420 performance package is produced by Collins Performance and well known; the car is running 420bhp, up from the original 305bhp stock.

“Power is very responsive and progressive throughout the rev range. The 5-pot engine is enhanced by the full Mongoose exhaust system, and it really does sound as good as it looks. Driving it puts such an infectious smile on your face.”

The engine bay presents well but there is room for a touch of beautification; there are one or two rusty clips and bolts just under the scuttle panel, which could be cleaned or replaced, and the plastics may benefit from application of a back to black restorer – that’s us with our show heads on, though.

Underneath, it looks to be in very good health with nice clean sills and factory under seal/stonechip protection still intact and doing its job. There is a touch of surface corrosion on the odd crossmember and suspension component, but that’s par for the course.

History Highlights

The V5c document confirms a total of five owners from new, and indicates the 15th of March 2010 as the date of its first registration. An RAC Vehicle History Check is also present (carried out on 14th Jan, 2022) and lists a number of plate changes the car has had through the years.

The current MOT test certificate is present and that runs until 04/01/2023. You’ll also find a number of expired MOT test certificates. A variety of invoices are present including for the Mongoose Exhaust system (£623, 02/07/2016) and replacement clutch (£920, 08/01/20). The Pandora alarm system instructions are provided and there are replacement key fob batteries.

Please visit the documents section of the gallery of this listing where you will find photos of the paperwork to support our claim that this car has been maintained to an excellent standard and tweaked/modified to produce a scintillating weapon.

What We Think

This is a fast Ford par excellence. It’s been visually tweaked to the owner’s personal taste, but subtly done. Visually, it delivers the goods – you’re gonna stand out in this baby. However, substantive mods have ensured that it’s not an all show and no go baby – 420bhp certainly makes for a whole lotta fun.

Given its superlative condition and overall performance, we think this Ultimate Green beast will sell for somewhere between £23,000 and £28,000. For that the next owner will receive a car that’s show ready, has visual appeal aplenty and is without doubt, an absolute road rocket.

Still thinking about it? Then watch our video and listen to that Mongoose exhaust system snap, crackle and pop… it’s positively wild.

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Seller

Ben Proctor

  • Location: The Market HQ, Abingdon, United Kingdom
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Odometer Reading: 103500
  • Chassis Number: WF0GXXGCDGAY48900
  • Engine: 2500
  • Gearbox: Manual
  • Steering position: RHD
  • Color: Ultimate Green
  • Interior: Black half leather and Alcantara
  • Estimated Price: £23,000 - £28,000

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