TOOELE, UT – In late June, Ford Performance teamed up with YouTube star David Patterson (That Dude In Blue) and sent him to the Utah Motorsports Campus to showcase the Ford Performance Racing School and drive select Ford Performance vehicles. On the two-day trip, David was able to sharpen his driving skills at the ST Octane Academy and GT350 Track Attack programs. However, the icing on the cake may have been the fact that David was able to get behind the wheel of a pre-production Focus RS that arrived on U.S. soil just days before!
The Ford Performance Racing School handed him the keys after-hours and allowed him to use the Utah Motorsports Campus as his RS playground. Teamed with a FPRS instructor, David mounted his camera equipment and set out to test the Launch Control system and Drift Mode on a closed course. After several donuts and basic hoonigan moments, he was able to get some “alone time” with the Focus RS and take it on the Urban-X course (co-designed by Ken Block) to review its capabilities. By the time he climbed out of the driver’s seat (with smile on face), the shiny white exterior was coated with a thin layer of tire rubber and brake dust … which means it’s safe to say he enjoyed himself.
There is no hiding how highly anticipated the release of the all-new Ford Focus RS has been in North America. When we told David he had the opportunity to drive one, he literally jumped at the chance. At that time, however, Ford Motor Company had not released any production models to owners, which resulted in a Ford-driven media embargo on releasing the footage you see here -- until now. David was chomping at the bit to get his video online after others in the YouTube world paid no attention to any embargo and posted RS driving reviews online. Our thanks to David for remaining a true pro and honoring his agreement with Ford’s PR staff. Today we finally get to view the much-anticipated “ThatDudeInBlue” RS video for the first time. After you watch the video, check out some of the photos below that we were able to take during Dave’s time with the RS. So buckle up for a full-throttle – and legal – look at the new Focus RS!
FORD PERFORMANCE VIDEO / COURTESY DAVID PATTERSON -- ‘THAT DUDE IN BLUE’
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY NICK DORAN