With an extensive motorsport and racing heritage, Ford has been responsible for developing some of the most iconic performance cars in history, contributing significantly to the evolution of motor racing across the world. Ford have been able to draw on this experience in order to develop their own range of performance vehicles which have been designed to deliver the same blistering performance but in a road car, that's versatile enough to accomodate the every day needs of traditional road life.
Ford Performance is the newly appointed part of the Ford organisation whose responsibility is the development of sports vehicles in the Ford range. As Ford is a global company, not all of ther performance vehicles will be available in the UK but there are certainly some fantastic models available.
The iconic muscle car known across the globe is available to buy for the first time in the UK with a right hand drive. The interest is Ford Mustang is so extensive that order books are already overflowing. With two engine options available; one powered by EcoBoost technology and the other the full on 5 litre V8 which delivers over 400 bhp making this a performance car not for the faint of heart. With prices starting below £30k the Ford Mustang is also hugely affordable with a variety of colours, trims and options available as you would expect.
Cutting edge technology and a highly tuned 3.5 litre V6 EcoBoost engine have been integrated into the new Ford GT. Whilst it retains a familiar appearance, the new Ford GT has been brought up to date with subtle design enhancements resulting in a futuristic looking vehicle that produces over 600 bhp making it the most powerful Ford production car available. Production is set to start in 2016 but with only 250 being built, the new Ford GT is going to sell out quickly.
As the most powerful hatchback in the Ford range, the previous Ford Focus RS was a real head turner and the new Ford Focus RS is set to be even more successful. With a dynamic design which is more subtle than the previous model, the new Focus RS has similar performance metrics with over 300 bhp on tap. The key upgrade however is the introduction of all wheel drive for the first time providing a never before experienced driving style which is sure to excite all RS owners.
The all new Ford Focus ST is released this year playing host to the latest design aspects from Ford including the updated front grille and sleeker headlights. The new Focus ST is also powered by a tuned EcoBoost engine which provides plenty of power and acceleration for those interesting in a thrilling ride however, smart suspension and 5 doors means it retains its practicality and comfort. There's plenty of technology on-board too allowing for seamless intetgration with smart devices and telephony.
Receiving high praise from all reviewers, the Ford Fiesta ST offers plenty of fun with big performance built into a small car. The traditional Fiesta appearance has been given a sportier look, with an enhanced body kit, Recaro racing seats as standard and a twin tip exhaust to complete the look. As it's powered by an EcoBoost engine, the Fiesta ST is still very economical to run, with a low road tax banding and competitive MPG abilities.