Yes phil get one and if its your first kit go for standard focus, itll have plenty of kick and you can allways mod it later money allowing. Also thay do stand out from everything else in its price bracket and a few above.
Sorry for resurrecting an old thread but I feel this is the relevant place for it, anyhow,
what about a Mini Cooper S engine (supercharged), I have owned and highly modified this engine in the past, it's light, compact and the later versions had a paddle shift option, the best thing about these engines is the sound, just love the supercharger whine, the inter cooler is sat on the top of the engine so there is no extra plumbing and I'm sure that a scooby style scoop could be incorporated into the Rocket engine cover.
As regards to questions about build and driving ability mentioned previously on this thread, I am a DIY and mechanical fanatic, I can turn my hand to anything, driving wise, well I'm a Paramedic so I am an highly trained advanced driver that plays in a 4 ton ambulance
I am am hoping to purchase a Rocket soon but want to look at all options before I put it all into practice.
I emailed Paul Holmes at RTR, had a very quick reply, he was like tigger on hot bricks bouncing up and down with excitement, 'let's do it', it is so good to see that level of enthusiasm from the manufacturer, it will be a challenge, but that's all part of the build process, that's stage one of the fun, stage 2 is then reaping the benefits out on the road/track.
I have a lot more research to do into this oh and I have to finish restoring the house...(6-8) months left all being well, I will be sticking to the 6 P rule, knowledge is power... Paul
They are nice engines, I have a cooper s at the minute but also had a peugeot 308GTI which uses the same engine.
I looked at several possible engines before my build including a saab turbo but unfortunately there was going to be a lot of problems to solve with using it and my skills and knowledge base at the time were non-existant so for easy of build I went with the Zetec and at £850 for a new one it was a no brainer.
Try make sure you don't make things too complicated for yourself there is nothing more demoralizing than being stuck on a part of the build especially when there is no-one else to reference as you will be the first person to use this engine. Get it finished within 12 months this will also save you the cost of the IVA as RTR will do it for you.
Anyway, good luck looking forward to seeing this progress.
Started 22/6/11 Finished 13/8/12 487 Hours Build time. Now on the road, weather dependant.