Ford hot hatch king will target Renault Megane R26R's record lap
25 March 2009

Ford's Focus RS is being lined up for an attack on the Nurburgring hot hatch lap record.

The benchmark for a front-wheel-drive car stands at 8min 17sec, set by the Renault Megane R26R.

The new Focus RS was spotted on a special industry day at the Nordschleife last week, and reports suggest it was being prepared for a record-breaking run.

A Ford spokesman declined to confirm that the car ran timed laps, but he said, “It’s no secret that we will be looking to achieve a time at the ’Ring, but there’s no set schedule for it. We didn’t get any opportunities before Christmas because the car’s production set-up wasn’t confirmed and the weather was against us. But we can work on it now.”

The next attempt is likely to be on 31 March, at the venue's next industry event.

Mark Tisshaw

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