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 European private-hire companies, Evald Jåstad has clocked up an impressive 127,000 kilometres 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 and at speed.
Regulars have nicknamed the car “Blue Lightning” thanks to the Focus RS’s 350hp 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine.
“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!”