~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 father of two, 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!”
Model Focus RS London TX4 Taxi Toyota Prius
0-100 km/h 4.7 seconds N/A 0.6 seconds
Top speed 268 km/h N/A 180 km/h
Engine 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine 2.8-litre diesel engine 1.8-litre petrol hybrid engine
Power 350 PS 110 PS 122 PS
Special feature? Drift mode 7.62-metre turning circle Electric driving mode