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The second generation Focus RS is the Focus that Ford originally claimed they would never build – a limited run 300bhp, 'super-hatch'. But we’re delighted they did, and make no apology for being enthusiastic about this remarkable little car with its huge twin-blade spoiler at the back, aggressive body kit, and ballistic performance (0-60 in 4.7secs /163mph) from the turbocharged 2.5-litre, 5-cylinder engine. The most controversial aspect of the car was its drivetrain, which remained front, not four-wheel drive. Ford's engineers developed and patented a system called the "Revo-Knuckle" which was designed to eliminate torque-steer by keeping the kingpin offset angle consistent even under heavy load, and with 301bhp and a massive 324lbs ft available, that was most of the time. The chassis was stiffened by about 30% and bigger drive shafts, a wider track, lower ride height, and a faster steering rack translated into remarkably civilised road manners. In the raw, the RS looks a bit of a 'beastie'. With its gaping grille, 19-inch wheels, flared arches, deep diffuser, and a wing that would embarrass a Porsche Turbo, the RS leaves you in no doubt about its intentions. However, it's still a Ford Focus and is good to drive, easy to park, has plenty of boot space, and is reasonably quiet at a constant speed. Delivered on the 23rd May 2011 this very special, UK supplied, Focus RS is finished in ‘Ultimate Green’ with a green sports fabric trim and has covered just 18 miles from new! The original sales invoice states that the car was supplied with a Sony DAB Digital radio and ‘Luxury pack 1’. Despite the astonishingly low mileage, this RS has four stamps in the Service Book at Ford retailer, Tim Norton in 2012,'13,'14 and '16 when the indicated mileage was 14. The car is basically 'unwrapped', the radio aerial has never been fitted, external wheel centres have never been put on, and the seats still have the delivery plastic on them as, effectively, the car has never been used. This is a comparatively new vehicle for a classic car auction house but the demand for sporting Fords, no matter what vintage, seems to continue unabated and with this unrepeatable mileage, be sure not to miss out on this amazing example.