Stacked with influences and packed into the proper mix, this bagged Focus RS Mk2 raises the stakes.
Characteristic from Quick Ford journal. Phrases: Simon Holmes. Pictures: Ade Brannan.
Standing out from a crowd is a tough trick to drag off within the automotive world. It takes a specific amount of creativity, data, money and time to create one thing completely different, however the finish consequence may be fairly particular.
Ash Mander’s distinctive bagged Focus RS Mk2 firmly falls into that class, as his low and huge Mk2 mixes motorsport fashion with a show-car look and end, inside and outside. Because of a WRC equipment, air trip, engine mods, roll cage and customized touches, it’s not like some other Focus.
The construct has taken three years thus far, but it surely took Ash far longer to seek out his favorite Blue Oval, as he explains: “I’ve had many Fords through the years. I began with a Mk2 Fiesta however then had 4 Mk4 Escort RS Turbos, together with one with an Phantasm equipment, a Fiesta XR2i, Escort Cosworth, three-door Cosworth, Focus ST and Mk1 Focus RS.”
However regardless of having owned an enormous variety of quick Fords, it’s the Mk2 Focus RS, notably in Final Inexperienced, that he’s fondest of, because it ticks each field for him.
He explains, “To begin with, it’s the look; they simply look imply. Then the color is simply in-your-face, plus there’s the sound of that five-pot that’s simply not like some other.”
Protected to say, Ash is a giant fan of a Focus RS Mk2, so when he got here throughout this instance on the market on a Fb group he snapped it up. The automotive was already fitted with some primary engine modifications and Okay-Sport entrance brakes, however apart from that it was normal and ripe for Ash to place his personal mark on it.
He chuckles, “I didn’t imply to go this far however issues simply received a bit out of hand. I began off wanting a number of little mods to be completely different from others round, so fitted a set of wheels (that on the time nobody had), added a number of carbon components and a gloss black wrap on the roof, together with a roof scoop.”
However after attending a number of reveals, Ash discovered the automotive shortly blended in with the remaining, and shortly determined additional motion was required. Having at all times preferred the super-low air-ride look, but in addition a fan of the motorsport-derived rally fashion, Ash boldly determined to do what nobody else had performed earlier than and mix the 2 collectively. With a transparent concept of what he wished, he jumped straight in and fitted an Air Carry equipment with the assistance of a few mates.
“We did all of it in a mate’s storage,” he recollects. “On the time, I simply made the boot construct very primary to get me by, and shortly after I added the large WRC spoiler, which I received dipped in carbon by Rukus Customs to be just a little completely different. Though I beloved the unique look, the rally fashion added to the traces of the automotive.”
The construct was beginning to take form, however eager to push the look additional, Ash received his fingers on a full WRC-style equipment, consisting of the wild entrance and rear bumpers, in addition to matching entrance wings, which have been professionally fitted by TJ’s Paintworks. And whereas it was there, Ash determined to go the entire hog and had the whole automotive repainted, earlier than becoming a carbon fibre bonnet.
Different particular touches embody a customized side-exit rally-style exhaust, which Ash designed himself, though that left the issue of two holes within the rear diffuser, so it was tweaked and fitted with an F1-style brake mild, earlier than being dipped in carbon.
He says, “Then I used to be pleased with the skin: in the interim. So I began on the within and continued with the combination of influences and theme of black and inexperienced, including an Auto Specialists Clubsport roll cage that was painted to match the skin.”
A pair of customized Mirco RS2 bucket seats have been quickly added, the pinnacle unit was modified, and the centre console was dipped, with different components just like the handbrake and gearknob changed with actual carbon.
Ash says, “I then moved onto the boot construct, which I designed. It took me a couple of week to do, as I sound-deadened the whole lot. Initially, I didn’t wish to take away the rear seats however with the cage and the thought I had for the boot construct, all of it went just a little loopy.”
At that time, he had fitted a set of 20in BBS wheels in gold, and though he thought he was performed with the outside, he quickly discovered himself considering it nonetheless didn’t stand out sufficient. A change got here with motorsport-look Rotiform Six wheels in gold, which Ash tells us nobody else appears to have on a Mk2 RS simply but.
He recollects, “That simply left the engine bay, which was the one factor letting the automotive down. So I modified the header tank, crossover and energy steering tank to Spec-R, and fitted an Anembo plenum and engine cowl. I additionally modified the entire water and increase hoses to inexperienced, and the entire plastics have been dipped in carbon-effect.”
Different engine modifications that aren’t so apparent are the Syvecs ECU conversion and larger injectors to make round 450bhp, in addition to an uprated clutch to take the ability, which full the general package deal.
It’s truthful to say Ash has put collectively a Focus like no different and the tip consequence is just not solely a automotive that draws consideration and stands out from a crowd, it additionally appears and drives higher.
He confirms, “I like all of it. I’d argue it’s higher now, particularly with the air-ride, because it handles so significantly better than the springs it was on.
“I primarily take it to reveals or the odd meet reasonably than every day, which I didn’t intend on, however with the truth that you’ll be able to’t park these vehicles anyplace, it’s simply a type of issues.”
Regardless of the massive quantity of modifications that seem to tick each field, Ash tells us the construct isn’t fairly completed but, and there are nonetheless plans for the longer term.
“It’s ongoing and there are nonetheless issues I’ve received in my head to do. For a begin, I’ve received matching Okay-Sport rear brakes to go on, and I’m going to revive the entire beneath after which poly bush the whole lot.”
Creating a whole construct and standing out from the remaining isn’t simple and, as Ash proves, it by no means stops.
Tech Spec: Bagged Focus RS Mk2
Syvecs standalone ECU, Airtec Motorsport Stage 3 intercooler, large increase pipe equipment, 750cc injectors, silicone coolant and increase hoses, Spec-R crossover in Final Inexperienced, Group A air filter, Anembo Engineering plenum and engine plate in Final Inexperienced, Spec-R header and energy steering tanks, Auto Specialists ECU cowl, customized side-exit exhaust, all plastics carbon-dipped
450bhp (proprietor’s estimate)
Helix uprated clutch, polyurethane engine and gearbox mounts
Air Carry 3P efficiency equipment, all traces run inside automotive, Summit decrease rear bumper chassis connecting brace, polyurethane rear camber bush equipment, Whiteline Efficiency entrance anti-lift equipment
Entrance: Okay-Sport eight-pot calliper brake equipment with Reyland Motorsport discs and bells; rear: normal; braided hoses
Wheels & Tyres:
8.5x19in Rotiform Six in gold, 5×108 PCD, ET45 offset, with 225/35/19 Pirelli P Zero tyres
NG Developments WRC entrance/ rear bumper and entrance wings, customized entrance splitter, de-badged Zunsport prime and decrease entrance grilles, Monkey Wrench bespoke headlights, Airtec Motorsport entrance towing eye, carbon washer covers, carbon under-light eyebrows, carbon bonnet, bonnet raisers, carbon mirror covers, sequential mirror indicators, gloss black roof wrap, KMS Motorsport carbon roof scoop, carbon shark fins, carbon-dipped ST spoiler with Maxton Design spoiler extension, carbon-dipped WRC wing, rear wiper delete, carbon-dipped boot lip, customized carbon-dipped rear diffuser, carbon-dipped exhaust defend, blacked-out back lights and bumper lights, Revo rear quarter wrap
Customized Mirco RS2 seats, Recaro seat brackets, TRS race harnesses, AuInside:to Specialists Clubsport roll cage painted Final Inexperienced, carbon-dipped boot trims, customized JL audio themed boot construct with 1000W amp, two 300W 10in subs, air tank painted to resemble a fireplace extinguisher, alcantara-trimmed armrest and equipment/handbrake gaiters, carbon gearknob and handbrake, re-dipped sprint console, TV stereo, all inside lights and sprint devices modified to inexperienced, carbon clock and increase gauge dials, carbon RS kick plates, three-pod pillar gauge