The new Ford Focus RS is being lauded as the best hot hatch money can buy – and one buyer is so keen to get his hands on it, he’s paid nearly £400,000 for one at a US auction.
Finished in a unique pearlescent grey, the one-off Focus RS is one of the first to be sold to a member of the public – meaning it attracted a bidding war at the Barrett Jackson 45th anniversary auction. Bidding reached $550,000 – approximately £380,000.
- Ford Focus RS review: 2016 first drive
- The history of the Ford Focus RS: in pictures
- 35 supercars slower than the new Ford Focus RS
The car, fitted with lightweight wheels and track tyres and the RS2 Package (including convenience features like an electric driver’s seat, heated seats and mirrors, and sat-nav), was being sold for charity – with all proceeds going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
It was driven onto the block by professional Hoonigan and Focus RS ambassador, Ken Block, alongside Ford CEO and president, Mark Fields. As an incentive, Fields added one-on-one track time and driver training with professional drivers for the winning bidder.
At the same auction, an Acura (Honda) NSX VIN #001 sold for a staggering $1.2 million (£830,000) – with proceeds going to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground.