Extreme sports utility vehicle

If you thought SUVs like our new Edge were more at home in the suburbs than the sand, think again. Deep in the heart of California’s Mojave Desert, extreme sports fans race motorbikes and dune buggies up and down towering sand dunes, which is exactly where we tested the Edge’s Intelligent All Wheel Drive system. […]

Focus RS shortlisted in What Car? Reader Awards

We’ve followed its journey from the design studio to the crash lab, from the Rocky Mountains to the Arizona desert, and now, just months before it reaches UK soil for the first time, the all-new Focus RS been shortlisted for its first award. The What Car? Awards 2016 take place in January, and the mighty […]

Could this £30K car be worth £180,000 by 2045?

There are plenty of reasons to buy a Ford Focus RS. But to be honest we hadn’t considered its value in 30 years as one of them, until now. What got us thinking was that a 1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo (original price £9,951) has just fetched a record £60,188 at auction. According to our […]

The story behind the new Focus RS – revealed

From the searing heat of Arizona to the icy wastes of the Arctic, and from the design studio to the crash lab, we are revealing the behind-the-scenes story of creating the new Focus RS. “Rebirth of an icon” shows the development of the latest generation of an automotive icon through a “warts and all” video […]

What happens when autonomous cars meet bad drivers?

How would an autonomous car respond to someone running a red light? This is just one of the questions that we are exploring at a special test facility that simulates a busy city. The 32-acre full-scale urban environment Mcity, in the U.S., opened earlier this year to offer real-world road scenarios that can’t be replicated […]

Race car style gear changes for Focus ST

We broke the mould with our first diesel Focus ST.  Now an automatic version of our much-loved hot-hatch is available with steering wheel-mounted paddles for super-fast shifts. The PowerShift version of the 185 PS diesel Focus ST is even faster than its manual counterpart, capable of 0-62 mph in 7.7 seconds, and still provides a […]

The Car That Works Like Giant Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Want to drown out the drone on a flight, or silence commuters on a train? That’s when noise-cancelling tech comes into its own. Now we have applied that thinking to a car. Active Noise Control uses three microphones, strategically placed inside the car, to detect undesirable unwanted sounds that might intrude – such as engine […]