A highly prized Ford Focus RS500 Build Number 320 with just 28,788 miles.
Launched on the 9th April 2010 at the Leipzig Motor Show, the Ford Focus RS500 was a celebration model built to signify the end of MK2 RS production. The most evocative name in the RS Ford world, the RS500 cars were offered for sale to the public across 20 European markets with only 101 destined for the UK market. The cars were factory tuned using the Mountune MP350 kit to increase power to 346bhp from the regular RS’s 301bhp. Each car was painted Ford Panther Black and then coated in a 3M Satin Black wrap, the standard RS 19in wheels were also painted gloss Panther Black. The interior gained unique red stitching to the seats and upholstery as well a carbon-look centre console with individually numbered plaque. Following the hype of Nürburgring testing by TeamRS and a dedicated website, the cars sold out within hours and from then interest and prices have rocketed where demand far outstrips supply for one of the most collectable RS Fords ever built.
RS Bodykit, wider wheel arches, WRC style rear spoiler, chromed Xenon headlights, bonnet and RS badged wing vents, RevoKnuckle torque-steer reduction system, unique sports suspension, Ford Key-Free System, driver inclined pod with oil pressure, oil temperature, turbo boost gauges. RS500 Special Equipment; Mountune MP350 kit with larger intercooler, larger airbox with RS500 badge, uprated 6-bar Bosch fuel pump, enlarged exhaust downpipe, mild ECU remap. Panther Black paintwork with 3M Satin Black vinyl wrap, privacy glass, RS 19in wheels in gloss Panther Black, red brake callipers, red stitching to Recaro seats, door trim, steering wheel and gear gaiter, carbon-look centre console with individually numbered plaque, RS500 floor mats. Luxury Pack 1; DEATC air conditioning, automatic headlights, rain sensor wipers, auto-dim rear-view mirror, rear PDC, Deflation Detection System.
Build number 320 is finished in Panther Black Metallic, (Code F3), with the 3M Satin Black wrap, the only available colour scheme. Having covered just 28,788 miles and with two collector owners from new, the cosmetic condition is superb along with a clean underside. All factory panels are pin straight and the bumpers, side skirts and trim sections are in excellent order, as are the unique Ford and RS500 badges. Ford dealer number plates are fitted. The iconic stealth styling of this RS500 was an instant Blue Oval legend and this unmolested example is just as Ford RS intended.
Inside this blister-hot Ford are four body-hugging Recaro-Style sculptured seats swathed in luxurious Racing Black leather and Black Alcantara, (Code LJ). RS logos to the front and Recaro logos to all four seats are stitched into the back rests with very little wear. The interior of this low mileage example is exceptional and the less than discreet plaque to the carbon-look centre console proud records this car as number 320/500. Unopened, still in the cellophane bag, genuine RS500 floor mats are included! There is no visible wear to the common touch points and when you sit in the outrageously supportive bucket seats and push the Ford Power start button, there is no mistaking this for an ordinary Focus!
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The thumping 2521cc five-cylinder engine with Ti-VCT (twin independent variable cam timing) and Borg Warner K16 turbo-charger is factory upgraded with the Mountune MP350 kit to increase power to an impressive 346bhp. Top speed is 165mph and 0-62mph is dispatched in just 5.4 seconds. The engine bay is immaculate and complete with factory stickers, labels and the unique RS500 badged air box cover. Transmission specification consists of a Getrag Ford Durashift M66 six-speed manual gearbox with Quaife automatic torque biasing, limited slip differential and uprated drive shafts, a set up to harness the awesome power delivery and exploit the pure exhilaration of this car’s capabilities.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
RS500 designers took the standard 19in 15-spoke alloys wheels and painted them Panther Black to achieve the true stealth look. The wheels are pristine and all four centre caps are brand new. Matching and correct 235/35 ZR19 Continental ContiSportContact3 tyres are fitted with both front items brand new. Huge ventilated discs all round, 336mm front and 300mm rear, are gripped by red-painted callipers which was another factory upgrade for the RS500 model.
Each RS500 was painted Panther Black as the Saarlouis Ford Plant and then covered in 3M Satin Black wrap at a dedicated facility near Frankfurt. Number 320/500 was registered new on the 1st March 2011 by Ford Main Dealer, Holiways Ltd of Hartlepool, to the first of just two owners. Credentials of just 28,788 miles from new and full Ford service history ensures this highly desirable RS product remains a protected investment. The impressive history file begins with the factory build records and shipping dockets validating the car and its build specification. All original handbooks, guides and special RS500 supplement are contained within the Ford wallet along with the service book containing 7 Ford main dealer stamped entries. At 28,760 miles in August 2021, a documented service was carried out by Lookers Ford in Middlesbrough and all supporting Ford main dealer services invoices and previous MOT certificates have been kept. Two original keys are present as is the unused 3M vinyl repair patch sheet that was issued to all RS500 first owners to be used to the event of any damage. A quality Focus RS500, pure collectable blue-oval brilliance and one of the most coveted of all RS cars.
MOT March 2022, HPI Clear.