Following its victory in the Car of the Year category of the Vehicle Dynamics International Awards 2016, the Ford Focus RS has received further recognition, receiving the ‘Hot Hatch of the Year’ prize from the UK’s Auto Express magazine, as well as ‘Car of the Year from Top Gear magazine, and a five-star rating from Autocar magazine.
“We set the bar high for the Focus RS, to deliver a world-beating hot hatch worthy of the Rallye Sport badge with the most exhilarating and dynamic RS driving experience yet,” said Tyrone Johnson, vehicle engineering manager, Ford Performance. “Ford Performance is honored to receive two awards from Vehicle Dynamics International, and proud to have developed a car that sets new standards for affordable hot hatch performance.”
The annual Vehicle Dynamics International Awards recognize the best ideas, technology innovation and achievements in vehicle dynamics development. Ford now has won six VDI awards – more than any other manufacturer – including four Dynamics Team of the Year awards. This year’s double success follows a similar achievement in 2013, when Ford won Dynamics Team of the Year and Ford vehicle dynamics specialist David Put won Dynamicist of the Year.