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What's It Like To Get Picked Up By A Taxi Driver In A Ford Focus RS?

The question we all want an answer to: can we tip to get a ride in Drift Mode?

Plenty of saliva has been spent talking about how the Ford Focus RS is the car to own if you want to pull off daily tasks with ease and have fun when the opportunity presents itself. Not many people take those words to heart as much as Evald Jåstad, a Norwegian cab driver who owns a blue Focus RS and spends the entirety of his workday behind its wheel. Jåstad has made a name for himself by giving tourists the rides of their lives around the winding roads that criss-cross the area.

According to Ford, locals have nicknamed the car “Blue Lightning” for its ability to rip around the corners using fancy footwork that relies on an intelligent all-wheel drive system as well as accelerate from 0-62 mph in only 4.7-seconds.

For that, the 36 year-old driver can thank the Focus RS’ 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine and the 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque it kicks out.“There are not many people who can say they live their dream. But I am definitely one of them,” said Jåstad when describing a day in his life on the job. The Blue Oval also claims that Jåstad put 127,000 kilometers (79,375 miles) in his RS in just 18 months, a convenient claim to make at a time when the performance hot hatch is in the spotlight for engine troubles that are causing Ford to initiate a recall. Whether the smoke is coming from the tires or the exhaust, at least we can see that Jåstad and his riders are not complaining.

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