I love it when Ford launches a new performance model to their line up. Not just because it means Blue Oval fans get yet another fantastic ride to choose from, but because it also means that tuning companies go bananas in the weeks and months that follow, releasing brand new performance and styling upgrades! It’s fantastic to watch their creative minds go into overdrive as they come up with ever more ingenious ways to improve on what Ford gave us.
With the Mk3 Focus RS, despite being widely praised by all and sundry, the biggest criticism was that it’s “not aggressive looking enough”. Following on from the Mk2 RS with its flared arches, fat gills, beefed-up spoilers and much-loved three-door bodyshell these critics did have somewhat of a point.
The standard Mk3 Focus RS does look a little tame when parked next to the Mk2, but that’s not to say it can’t be equally as imposing – it can! You just need to add the right bits, and that’s where Yorkshire-based styling supremos, Maxton Design, come in.
Maxton have already designed, developed, and released a complete catalogue of styling products for the Mk3 Focus RS. There’s loads to choose from, including rear splitters, side splitters, spoiler extensions, bonnet vents, and four different style front splitters!
So, after looking through their website (and seeing Louie Coppellotti’s car at Pure Ford) I soon found myself placing an order for a selection of goodies for my own RS. I opted for the three-pieces that form the central and side rear splitters, the side splitters, and the V3 front splitter. I’m very tempted by the bonnet vents, but need to take a brave pill before I’m ready to cut into the bodywork – maybe in few weeks time!
It was then off to the freshly re-vamped workshops of my local Ford specialists, Tarnock Garage, where everything was installed. Unlike other splitters I have fitted in the past, the Maxton products come complete with fitting kits (including nuts, bolts, washers, and even specialist adhesives!). They are a great fit, and because they are made from ABS plastic rather than fiberglass they are significantly lighter (meaning you don’t need to use huge bolts to fix them in place!) and also means they don’t split or crack when you drill the required fixing holes. This also means that should you scuff the splitters (and let’s face it, you’re going to scuff them at some point!) they won’t crack and splinter like fiberglass items! I was very impressed with the quality – especially considering they don’t cost any more than other products on the market, but the quality is so good.
The full set of front, rear, and side splitters took about 2 hours to fit, and the result was definitely worth the wait! I think they really do add some much-needed aggression to the Mk3. The set I’ve fitted here really do work well together to give a real sense of occasion and some serious street presence to the car. I’m chuffed to bits with the way it’s turned out, and if I ever do take that brave pill I might find myself back on the Maxton Design website ordering those bonnet vents…