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DOUBLE COLLECTION DAY! My New Focus RS Heritage and Red Editions

My brand new Ford Focus RS Heritage and Red Editions have both arrived! In a first for me, it's a double collection day of both cars at the same time, in my current RS, making it a trio line-up at Essex Ford! I'm excited for the project coming with the RS Red Edition - there are some big plans ahead...

Ahead of selling my blue RS, I took it along to line up with it's younger siblings at Essex Ford, 'Skittles' style with the blue, red and orange. No doubt many will be wondering why on earth three of the same car... Well, the blue RS will now be sold, the Red Edition is to become a major project car this summer, and the Heritage will be a permanent part of my car collection. The last two years have demonstrated that it's a great car for me so why change a winning formula?!

The Focus RS Heritage Edition celebrates the 50th anniversary since the introduction of the Ford RS brand back in 1968. With only 50 cars built in total from the tail end of the production line of the Mk3 RS, I am very lucky to be the custodian of one to sit beside my Ford GT in the garage in future. The RS Heritage is painted in "Tieforange", a colour that rings back to the initial introduction and is a special item just for the UK market following the success of sales here. It features all the upgrades found on the Red Edition and Blue Edition cars, as well as coming with the Mountune FPM 375 package as standard - including bespoke painted parts too.

The RS Red Edition is on track to become my first project car with a heavy raft of modifications inbound. As one of 300 cars painted in Race Red for the UK market, it features carbon interior trim parts and a Quaife front limited slip diff as standard. The first part in the project process though is to bring the interior up to scratch! I've often felt that the RS looks the part, drives the part, and performs incredibly well but it's let down by a very cheap looking interior. Undertaking this project are Prototrim, who regular carry out bespoke interior projects, concept car developments and work with the likes of Singer, Overfinch and Urban - so safe to say they know a thing or two about interiors. We'll be catching up with Prototrim again soon to have a look through some design ideas and get the work truly started to make something smart, unique, but giving a very natural fit with the car.

The Red Edition has carried over my SH13 MEE plate from the blue car; conveniently standing for 1-in-3(00) cars. The intention is that the GT wears SH66 MEE to celebrate the 1966 Le Mans victory, hence the RS Heritage will be SH68 MEE for the 1968 introduction. Those that know the UK number plate system will be able to relate that it means the car cannot be collected until September - in the mean time I've got the Red Edition to play with, as well as the GT3 and another German super-saloon inbound this week...

My thanks goes to Paul and the team at Essex Auto Group for their great customer service throughout the process.

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Thanks for watching, Tim


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added on 9 May 2018


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