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There are two cars that are hotly anticipated, the Honda Civic Type R that we will see this Summer and to follow in 2016 the Ford Focus RS. The Japanese hot hatch will be the most powerful front wheel drive hatchback pushing just over 300 BHP, Ford on the other hand unveiled the new RS with four wheel drive, making this an exciting proposition for anyone wanting a 316 BHP hatchback.

As we are probably a year away at least from seeing the first RS on the road Ford recently unveiled the face lift Focus, topping the range is the ST model. With its beefed up looks and large honeycomb grill it certainly ticks the box of looking the part and continues the blue ovals reign of performance cars at great value. the ST2 model shown here comes in at just over £24,000 and has future hugging Recaro seats, voice control navigation, 18" distinctive ST alloys and keyless entry it is great value. The ST has 250 BHP and is up on the 200 BHP that seemed to be the benchmark many years ago, although we now seem to be at the 300BHP plus mark with the Audi, BMW and Mercedes models all over 320 BHP. Having said that it is how the car drives and manages that power, and for a front wheel drive car it is spot on. Minimal body roll due to its stiff suspension set up and what the Focus has always been about crisp and precise handling.

The car in the photographs is my friend Alex's new set of wheels and after collecting it from Marshall's in Cambridge last week the one thing we had to do whilst it was still gleaming (mainly down to Scotties detailing in Canterbury) was to get some photographs of it. We didn't have a plan for the shoot but on a crisp and sunny Spring afternoon we took the scenic route of the Stone Street which links Canterbury to the M20 via some twisting and challenging bends. One thing that we were not expecting to stumble upon was a second World War German tank, it was abandoned at the back of Folkestone racecourse where the venue is the host of this years War and Peace show in July. A great looking sky, the Profoto B1 flash and the 24-70mm lens made up some dramatic car photographs of the crisp white Focus ST.

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