In the brave new low-carbon world, fast cars won’t be able to be special cases, something Ford and other manufacturers are about to start making abundantly clear in next-generation models.
The fourth-generation Focus RS, planned for two years hence, will be one of a whole crop of 48V mild-hybrid icons Ford wants to use to ‘sell’ electrification – and the integrated starter/ generator of this model is just the beginning.
There’s ample evidence that Ford has been working hard for years on even more advanced pollution-killing technology – further downsized engines with electrically driven turbochargers (which cut lag and pollution), electrified rear axles (incorporating twin electric motors to provide better torque vectoring) and much more.
It’s a positive story: bosses at Ford Performance, enthusiasts themselves, know that future customers need fast, responsive, inspiring cars. Meeting new clean air laws is a modern means to a familiar end.