As far as school runs go, Evald Jåstad’s son Martin enjoys a twice daily trip that takes some beating – a 16-kilometre round-trip to his local nursery through breathtaking Scandinavian scenery in a highpowered hot hatch.
This is the first job of the day for cabbie Evald Jåstad who plies his trade in a Ford Focus RS. Regulars have nicknamed the car – capable of 0-100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds –“Blue Lightning” and visitors to the Trolltunga cliffs, Odda, in Norway, are spreading its fame far and wide.
“There are not many people who can say they live their dream. But I am definitely one of them,” says the 36-year-old fatheroftwo, who has covered 127,000 kms in the Focus RS in just 18 months. “When I drive him to nursery, all the way there, Martin shouts out ‘Bånn gass! Bånn gass! – More gas! More gas!”

 

But how does it compare to your typical London taxi?

Model Focus RS London TX4 Taxi
0-62 mph 4.7 seconds Not 4.7 seconds
Top speed 166mph Not 166mph
Engine 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine 2.8-litre diesel engine
Power 350 PS 110 PS
Special feature? Drift mode 7.62-metre turning circle