UK vs US: The two most expensive Focus RS's you could buy
A little over a week ago, we heard about the extremely rare Focus RS 50 Evo going on sale. You can read all about that one here. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ford Rally Sport moniker adorning fantastic rally inspired small Fords, Ford commissioned Mountune to build the RS 50 Evo. Only three are built and the cost is an astronomical (for a Focus) £85,000 or roughly $110,000 USD across the pond.
The other side of the pond has also been busy building an extreme Focus RS. This RS wasn't built with direction from Ford, but it was built by a racing partner of Ford Performance; Team O'Neil. They run a rally driving school called Team O'Neil Rally School and rally racing team called Team O'Neil Motorsports so they clearly know what they are doing. They put in over $100,000 USD into the build and you can probably guess that their build looks very different...
What do you get with the RS 50 Evo
You can read more about it in the linked post above but, in essence, you start off with the MounTunes M400R package which upgrades all the intake and exhaust piping to allow higher flow, including a high-flow 200-cell high-flow cat. You also get an upgraded turbo re-circ valve (bypass valve/BPV) to hold higher boost. And you get the MounTune handset (i.e. handheld tuner) to give you a new calibration/tune and added functionalities. But the upgrades go more than skin deep.
You almost get a built engine with forged pistons, steel rods, ARP studs, and balance shaft delete. The factory crankshaft is already forged. You also get a bit of chassis stiffening, DCC coilovers, and upgraded clutch assembly, brake lines, brake pads, and wheels. The oil pan is also upgraded with additional baffling to improve lubrication at high loads. Basically, the Focus RS 50 Evo is a street/track monster that has the added benefit of being a limited edition Ford model.
The Team O'Neil Rally Build
No rally build would be complete without added power and this one is no different. This car also comes with a MounTune package, although which one exactly is not listed. The listing does say that it has a custom MounTune PTU brace like the RS 50 Evo as well as intercooler piping, roll restrictor, and, of course, a MounTune calibration/tune. But underneath and inside is where most of the money went.
It has a full FIA legal roll cage, Reiger 3-way adjustable suspension , custom brake package and lines made by Team O'Neil, 15” OZ Rally Wheels , Quaife Front Differential, and custom chassis stiffening, and drivetrain cooling. The upgrades also include various skid plates/guards for the underside of the car, including the rear diff and fuel tank. And it's a rally car so it needs a hydraulic handbrake so there is one fitted. The asking price for all of this is $75,000 USD or roughly £57,950. It's much less than the RS 50 Evo, but it does come with most of the interior stripped out...
Which is better?
It's VERY tough for me to pick a better car. Both are very cool builds, in my opinion. I'm not one to care much for rarity and a few special badges, but the RS 50 Evo is a comprehensive upgrade with everything getting upgraded from the engine, the drivetrain, the suspension, and the brakes. It does cost a lot more, but it could also be enjoyed on the street year-round and on the track, whereas the rally car is very focused and has to be enjoyed on a track (with some suspension tweaking) or a rally stage/course. I think if I were to pick one, I would probably take the RS 50 Evo...