Whereas hot hatch aficionados are frothing with excitement ahead of the arrival of the Ford Focus RS, don't forget that the Blue Oval updated the RS' little brother, the ST, last year. How close can the ST come to matching the lap times set by the BMW M2, Mercedes-AMG A45, Audi RS3 and Honda Civic Type-R at Killarney? Let's find out...
Last month, we launched our biggest track test video (featuring the aforementioned cars) ever; the comments section on our Youtube channel simply exploded with activity! However, many people wanted (no, demanded) to know why didn’t we include the Ford Focus RS?
Well, the answer is fairly straightforward: at the time of filming, the Ford Focus RS was not yet available to the media or the public in South Africa.
And so while we wait for the RS to arrive, we thought we would send our racing driver, Ashley Oldfield, out to set a lap time in the Ford Focus ST, the more affordable hero hatchback. No-one is expecting it to defeat any of the first set of cars, but, how close can it get?