Focus RS To Enter MPG Marathon

Driver Jeremy Walton and codriver Alyson Marlow
Driver Jeremy Walton and codriver Alyson Marlow
Proving that even big corporations can have a wry sense of humour, Ford is entering a Focus RS into a national 'MPG marathon' next week.

Setting an ambitious target of a 35mpg average, Ford says it aims to prove that modern performance cars can be friendly to your pockets, too. Of course, if it happened to be friendly to Ford's own pockets by helping them shift a few more Focuses (Foci?), that'd be okay too...

The marathon is the seventh in the UK since 2000, and this year it will cover a pre-set 360-mile route comprised of 2 loops either side of Coventry. Naturally, some delicacy will be required in the driver's right foot - the official combined figure for the car is 30.1 mpg - and since Ford have roped in a motoring hack to do the driving, this may prove a challenge indeed!

We reckon they're certainly in with a chance. The RS that PH took to Le Mans mostly hovered around the 24-25mpg mark, and that was with occasionally 'enthusiastic' piloting. Weirdly, that sort of figure would actually have been a good run in our much-loved long-term Focus ST, which scarcely topped 20mpg during its tenure with us. So maybe a Focus RS isn't such an eccentric choice after all...

The Marathon is being held over 2 days on September 30th and October 1st. Read more about the event at

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  • XTR2Turbo 24 Sep 2009

    2008 results make interesting viewing.

    A Corvette ZO6 won based on improvement on actual vs manufacturers claims. Achieved 30.96 mpg. It was driven by Richard Hammond :whitsle:

  • off_again 24 Sep 2009

    Those Volvo engines are a bit thirsty, but I dont see any reason why they cannot get 35MPG out of it. Stay off the turbo and let the torque drive you along and it will be fine. The problem is that they are loverly engines and its such a hoot to get the engine going and use the turbo - and fly as a result - burning a huge amount of petrol at the same time. Original T5's were crap, maybe 25MPG if you were relatively careful, but they have got better and better. I could regularly get 30-32MPG out of my S60 T5 auto at speed, so cut the speed and I cannot see why it couldn't be more than this with ease......

  • mat205125 24 Sep 2009

    I hope it doesn't rain. I can't see it handling very well with 80psi in the tyres.

  • BBS-LM 24 Sep 2009

    One of the fastest Hot Hatches out there, and they put the RS into MPG Marathon, what moron thought that would be a good idea?

  • inf 24 Sep 2009

    love the idea of staying off the turbo but not sure about the Rs but in the ST you were in a fair amount of boost at 2500rpm smile

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