Turbocharged, 345-horsepower, front-wheel-drive. The Ford Focus RS500 limited-edition, Europe-only hatch excites almost all of our brain's envy regions. These videos with WRC driver Mikko Hirvonen behind the wheel do nothing to temper the jealousy.
The first video shows Hirvonen touring through the Eifel region of Germany and narrating his perceptions of the car's sound, feel and performance. The second peels away the speed limits for a run around the Nurburgring Nordschleife, tire screeching and turbo singing through the turns.
Unsurprisingly, Hirvonen's manner and narration is equally relaxed in both settings.