Image credits: © Ford.

2003 Ford Focus RS8

Ford Racing Performance Parts (FRPP) used a sport-compact car to display the company's latest addition to an already powerful crate engine line-up – a modified Focus RS converted to rear-wheel drive and V-8 power – with the introduction of the Focus RS8 at this year's Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show.

Úsing the European Focus RS as a starting point, FRPP worked its engineering magic to mate its new, all-alloy, 5.0-liter 4-valve 'Cammer' crate engine – cranking out a pavement-pounding 420 naturally aspirated horsepower – into the engine bay of the Focus. Although a handful of aftermarket firms have successfully mated Ford V-8 power with a Focus, the RS8 was built to show the versatility of a 'Cammer' crate engine and 'plug-and-play' engine electronics installation in a pure stock-looking Ford Focus.

The foundation of FRPP's hot new 5.0-liter 'Cammer' crate engine is rooted in the Ford SVT Mustang Cobra 4.6-liter four-valve engine family. However, the crate motor's flanged cylinder liners help provide 94mm (instead of 90.2mm) cylinder bores, creating a full 5.0-liters of piston displacement. And while the motor employs the 2003-04 SVT Mustang Cobra 'Terminator' forged crankshaft with six-bolt mains and Manley 'H-Beam' connecting rods for superior strength, the block itself is specially reinforced in the crankcase web areas for high torque loads.

Other key differences include forged pistons, an 11.0:1 compression ratio, ported heads, higher-lift cams and beehive-shaped valve springs. The crate engine also features higher-flow fuel injectors and a

magnesium variable-geometry intake manifold, similar to the FR500 intake manifold currently offered in the 2004 FRPP catalog.

Ford Racing's new 5.0-liter 'Cammer' crate engine comes with a stock SVT Mustang Cobra oil pan and exhaust manifolds, so an exhaust system – employing Ford Racing prototype metal-substrate catalysts and a set of Ford Racing dual-mode mufflers – was custom-fabricated to put the engine heat to the street.

One of the best parts about a Ford Racing 5.0-liter 'Cammer' crate engine installation is that FRPP takes a lot of the guesswork out of the project by offering a choice of several length 5.0-liter 4-valve modular wiring harness kits that are created specifically to cover the most popular engine swap configurations. What's more, harness kits – which include the powertrain control module (PCM) – provide all of the necessary electrical connectors, including end terminals, a fuse box, a power distribution box, as well as switch connectors and fuel pump relays. The 5.0L EFI 'Cammer' crate engine, including the wiring harness kit, will sell for a MSRP of $14,995 and will be available from the 2004 Ford Racing Performance Parts catalog.

Completing the RS8's powertrain is a Tremec five-speed HD transmission with a Ford Racing clutch kit and Ford Racing prototype shifter.

'Some sport-compact purists will likely never escape the four-cylinder mindset that keeps tuners and owners throwing bigger and bigger bucks at smaller and smaller performance gains,' said Davis. 'But we would like to think our 5.0-liter 'Cammer' crate-engined Focus RS8 will somehow force the kind of performance paradigm shift that took enthusiasts from big traditional Muscle Cars to smaller, modern-day Pony Cars.'

One look at the RS8 would suggest that its transformation from a production front-driver into a rear-drive pocket rocket was a study in simplicity. But in reality, Ford Racing engineers had their work cut out for them from the start.

Beyond fitting the drivetrain, there was the challenge of designing new suspensions front and rear. FRPP engineers put together a prototype setup inspired by Kugel Komponents up front, and a rear unit locating a Ford Racing 8.8-inch differential while offering adjustable ride height using Multimatic dampers. The newly-designed rear-wheel drive conversion kit will be sold through the FRPP catalog.

Four-wheel discs put the brakes on 18x8-inch European RS alloy wheels, wearing Michelin Pilot Sport 225/40 ZR18 tires up front and 255/45 ZR18s in the back.

'This isn't the typical sport compact modification project, but it sure will get attention out on the streets,' exclaimed Davis. 'With rear-wheel drive and over 400 horsepower, the Focus RS8 will make itself known at the drag strip and any road course. We're even going to take it drifting!'

Outside, the RS8 turns heads, thanks to the handsome European Focus RS styling cues and shimmering Blue Pearl Coat exterior paint treatment. Inside, the Focus RS provided the seating while Ford Racing chipped in with its Focus A-Pillar Gauge Pod and a full complement of Ford Racing Gauges. Also installed were a Harmon/Becker Traffic-Pro, a Sirius Satellite Radio system and Infinity amps and speakers – just to make sure the tunes are powerful, too.

Source - Ford

FORD FOCUS: QUALITY, PERFORMANCE AND REFINEMENT

FORD FOCUS: QUALITY, PERFORMANCE AND REFINEMENT

Its more than fitting that we kick off our Year of the Car with Ford Focus – one of the highest quality cars on the road today. With the 2005 Focus, we have taken a great car and made it better. Our newest addition, the 2005 Focus ZX4 ST sedan, has a performance suspension that borrows key components from the SVT Focus and our European Focus ST170, and its powered by a smooth revving 2.3-liter....
Continue Reading >>

ONE MILLIONTH FORD FOCUS STARS AT BRITISH SHOW

ONE MILLIONTH FORD FOCUS STARS AT BRITISH SHOW

BRENTWOOD, Essex, 12 July, 2006 – Sales of Britains top-selling car have broken seven figures, with car number 1,000,000 on display at the British International Motor Show. The 1,000,000th Focus sold in Britain is a five-door, bio-ethanol flexi-fuel vehicle (FFV), and will be handed to its new owner by Ford of Britain chairman Roelant de Waard at the British International Motor Show on Tuesday.....
Continue Reading >>

FOCUS ON FOCUS

FOCUS ON FOCUS

Theres a reason Fords small car is making headlines.The Ford Focus has been garnering a lot of attention lately. The Ford Focus earned the top rating in the compact car segment in the 2006 AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Awards. CNNMoney.com named the Focus one of its 2006 Best Cars for Teen Drivers. Focus sales have increased steadily in 2006, driven in part by higher gas prices. May sales....
Continue Reading >>

'FORD FOCUS WRC SIMULATOR' DELIVERS REAL WORLD EXCITEMENT OF CHAMPIONSHIP AUTO RACING

'FORD FOCUS WRC SIMULATOR' DELIVERS REAL WORLD EXCITEMENT OF CHAMPIONSHIP AUTO RACING

The Ford Focus WRC Simulator will bring the thrills and excitement of championship auto racing to the 28th Bangkok International Motor Show through the drivers seat of its Ford Focus WRC – winner of the World Rally Championship 2006. The Simulator will make an advance-public preview at Siam Paragons Auto Gallery, 2nd Floor, from March 23-25. Bangkok, Thailand, March 23, 2007 - Ford Thailand....
Continue Reading >>

FORD FOCUS WINS 'BIO AWARDS' AT MOTOR EXPO

FORD FOCUS WINS 'BIO AWARDS' AT MOTOR EXPO

Visitors to the Motor Expo 2006 voted Ford Focus the best in terms of environmental friendliness. Ford Focus is the countrys first passenger car that is capable of running on either gasoline or gasohol with up to 20 ethanol blend and the countrys best-selling sedan in 2006. Ford Focus has also proven its power by winning the World Rally Championship Mnufacturers title in....
Continue Reading >>

Recent Vehicle Additions

Related Automotive News

THE NEW BMW 3 SERIES SEDAN AND SPORTS WAGON

THE NEW BMW 3 SERIES SEDAN AND SPORTS WAGON

Lifecycle freshening for all 3 Series Sedans and Sports Wagons. New 340i Sedan features new 320 hp TwinPower Turbo Inline 6-cylinder. Standard Sport Line on the 328i, 328d and 340i models (includin...
Lexus Adds to the ‘F' Brand Stable With Addition of GS F Sedan

Lexus Adds to the ‘F' Brand Stable With Addition of GS F Sedan

High Revving 5.0L V8 Producing 467 hp in Five Passenger Sedan Lexus Goes Racing on Global Scale and Reveals New Motorsports Logo DETROIT (Jan. 13, 2015) – Throaty rumbles and nimble handling...
FORD MOTOR COMPANY TO SELL NEW SHELBY GT350 MUSTANG AT BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE AUCTION TO BENEFIT JDRF

FORD MOTOR COMPANY TO SELL NEW SHELBY GT350 MUSTANG AT BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE AUCTION TO BENEFIT JDRF

First publicly available production unit of the all-new Shelby GT350® Mustang to be auctioned by Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, with all proceeds benefiting JDRF Winning bidder will be able to...
VOLKSWAGEN'S NEW TURBO ENGINES AND 2015 GOLF ON DISPLAY AT THE SEMA SHOW

VOLKSWAGEN'S NEW TURBO ENGINES AND 2015 GOLF ON DISPLAY AT THE SEMA SHOW

Tuned Jetta sedans featuring new EA888 turbocharged TSI® engines on display in Las Vegas First North American tuned seventh-generation Golf debuts before market launch in 2014 Las Vegas, NV...
FORD RACING HAS ENTHUSIAST NEEDS COVERED WITH A FULL LINEUP OF CRATE ENGINES AND PERFORMANCE PARTS FOR 2013

FORD RACING HAS ENTHUSIAST NEEDS COVERED WITH A FULL LINEUP OF CRATE ENGINES AND PERFORMANCE PARTS FOR 2013

New 5.0-liter Aluminator V8 crate engine is now available to racers who want to build their own Mustang Cobra Jet Restorers and modders can choose affordable V8 power ranging from the X302D to the...
© 1998-2020. All rights reserved. The material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


Vehicle information, history, and specifications from concept to production.

Follow ConceptCarz on Facebook Follow ConceptCarz on Twitter RSS News Feed

Conceptcarz.com
© 1998-2020 Conceptcarz.com Reproduction or reuse prohibited without written consent.