An Australian view on the Nürburgring Nordschleife

Sport Auto takes the Focus RS around Nordschleife

August 7th, 2009 Posted in Ford, Video

Respected German magazine Sport Auto has sent its chief editor, Horst von Saurma, out on the Nordschleife in a Ford Focus RS. Here is the video. So, how does Horst go in the 300bhp front-wheel drive hot hatch? And could he beat the Renault Mégane R26.R‘s Nürburgring record for the fastest FWD lap?

The answer to the second question is no, however he was just 10 seconds behind the R26.R setting a time in the Focus RS of 8 minutes 26 seconds. I assume the car is standard, although, judging by the sound audible from the tyres during this clip, it does seem as though semi-slicks were fitted to the Ford.

The clip itself is quite good too, with a mix of angles from inside and outside the car. Horst even gives some commentary during the lap. Which is great, if you speak German.

Once you have finished watching the footage above, you can enjoy the alternate cut after the jump.

[Source: carscoop]

  1. 2 Responses to “Sport Auto takes the Focus RS around Nordschleife”

  2. By supersevenn on Nov 21, 2009

    Im sorry but with all do respect, he is pussy-footing so this lap time, in my opinion is not credible

  3. By Wayne Moore on Nov 21, 2009

    Hi Supersevenn!

    I’m not sure Horst is “pussy-footing”… I just reckon he’s off line for a lot of corners.

    When you look at the external pics of the Focus (toward the end of the clip)… the car is three wheeling… which says to me that he is certainly trying!

    I think the car is on the limit causes it’s off line and Horst is (“with all due respect”) turning in far too early for most corners.

    Speed Safely!

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