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Ford Offers Performance-Ready Focus ST for the Road, ST-R for the Track
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Ford’s first global performance car, the new five-door Focus ST and ST-R racer, offer driving enthusiasts an enhanced experience for the road and the track
Focus ST builds on the DNA of the Sport Technologies badge, combining strong performance, fine handling dynamics and eye-catching style with the refinement needed for everyday use
Performance comes from a 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost® engine providing impressive levels of power with equally impressive fuel economy
LAS VEGAS, Nov. 1, 2011 – Performance enthusiasts get the best of both worlds with the Ford Focus ST – available both for the street and for the track.
The new Focus ST is Ford’s first truly global performance car. It builds on the heritage of previous Focus ST models in Europe and evolves it to allow drivers around the world to enjoy the exhilarating performance, unrivaled handling, addictive sound and muscular sports design Ford’s Sport Technologies badge represents.
The Tangerine Scream concept car that will be on display at SEMA this week first appeared at the Paris Motor Show in 2010, while the first North American production Focus ST will be unveiled at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.
With innovative design and technology throughout, the new Focus ST will be more powerful and surprisingly fuel efficient, raising the bar once again when it comes to handling too. For drivers who want refinement for everyday use but with exhilarating performance on tap, the passion and expertise of Ford’s Global Performance Vehicles group shines through and makes the new Focus ST the most rewarding and obvious choice. For those looking to race their car on the track, the ST-R is ready to bring it on.
“The new Focus ST is a really exciting car for Ford,” said Jost Capito, director of Global Performance Vehicles. “It’s the first performance model to build upon the design and technology strengths of one of our new global production vehicles. It’s a car built for driving enthusiasts around the world, and they will not be disappointed.”
Focus ST delivers the same driving attributes that make all Ford Sport Technologies models stand out amongst the competition. The chassis, engine, sound and comfort of the car are tuned harmoniously to deliver a truly sporting experience with a level of refinement rarely seen in this type of vehicle. These same attributes will form the genetic code for future Ford models bearing the ST badge.
Despite its close resemblance to the Focus ST road car, the Focus ST-R is purpose-built for the track by Ford Racing in North America as a fully prepared competition car. It features a powerful 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine, FIA-regulation roll cage, uprated brakes and track-tuned suspension.
It will be available to teams soon, starting in North America, to race in a variety of series.
The all-new Focus ST-R has been crafted by Ford Racing engineers – with technical support from Ford’s Global …
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