Wednesday 29 May 2024

“Blue Lightning” – (probably) Norway’s most interesting taxi

A taxi driver in Norway has a less-than-conventional approach to his car of choice for work – A Ford Focus RS.

Whereas larger, more fuel-efficient Ford models are the vehicle of choice for some UK private hire companies, Evald Jåstad has clocked up an impressive 127,000 kms (79,000 miles) in just 18 months in, arguably, the most popular taxi in Norway.

The first job of the day for cabbie, Evald, is a 16-kilometre round-trip from Odda through breathtaking Scandinavian scenery to take his son to nursery before locals and tourists call on him to take them across the Trolltunga cliffs, in style.

Regulars have nicknamed the car “Blue Lightning” thanks to the Focus RS’s 350PS, 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine and exclusive Nitrous Blue paint.

“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. “When I drive him to nursery, all the way there, Martin shouts out ‘Bånn gass! Bånn gass! – More gas! More gas!”

But how does it compare to your typical London taxi?

Model Focus RS London TX4 Taxi
0-62 mph 4.7 seconds Not 4.7 seconds
Top speed 166mph Not 166mph
Engine 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine 2.8-litre diesel engine
Power 350 PS 110 PS
Special feature? Drift mode 7.62-metre turning circle

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