Ford Focus ST-R Racecar Availability to Begin in North America
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Have you heard? There’s a big-deal happening in Frankfurt, Germany, as we speak. That’s right, the Frankfurt Motor Show! You might think European news and car reveals don’t apply to the U.S. crowd, but you’d be wrong. And way wrong when it comes to the debut of the all-new Ford Focus ST-R racecar. This ST-based Focus has even been purpose-built for the track by Ford Racing in North America as a fully prepped competition car! Under the hood beats the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, and there’s an FIA-regulation roll cage, a track-tuned suspension and upgraded brakes. It will be available to teams soon, starting in North America, to compete in various series.

You are correct if you were thinking it resembles the Focus ST road car. “From the beginning, the Focus and new Focus ST were designed to be driver’s cars,” said Jost Capito, Director of Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsport Business Development. “The road-going Focus features best-in-class brakes, handling and powertrains and the design and functionality of the various vehicle systems have helped us to develop a global technical specification for teams wanting to race the new Focus cost effectively. Ford Racing in North America has taken this effort and developed the new Focus ST-R and is a perfect example of how a great production car inspires a competitive race car for enthusiasts.”

The Focus ST-R will be available to order from Ford dealers in North America by seasoned hardcore professional drivers, amateur racers and track-day enthusiasts. Ford hopes to expand to additional regions in the future. “This is a competitive turnkey race car that will allow our customers to compete successfully in multiple series around the world with minor modifications. And it shows the on-going alignment of Ford Racing with our Performance Vehicles development group,” said Jamie Allison, Director, Ford Racing.

The Frankfurt debut of the Focus ST-R is part of an aggressive motorsport presence for Ford, as its strategy to support motorsport development across its core global vehicle platforms gains traction. Ford is applying engineering and development expertise for vehicles like the Focus ST-R to spur success in competition similar to that being enjoyed by the Fiesta in RallyCross and the X Games.

For North American customers, the Ford Focus ST-R is the latest in a long line of turnkey race cars offered by the company, including the Mustang FR500C, Mustang FR500S, Mustang Cobra Jet, Boss 302R and Boss 302S. And you performance nuts will love this news: Development work on the Focus ST-R will also result in a range of Ford Racing parts to be made available to racers and enthusiasts around the world.

Ford launched its global motorsport development program last year. At its core is technical support for privateers who chose to compete with global Ford vehicles with access to affordable, globally competitive hardware.

While we’re on the subject of Ford racers, the Frankfurt show was also home to the unveiling of the new 2012-spec Formula Ford. The next-gen Formula Ford cars will run a production-based 1.6-liter EcoBoost, and also boast freedom of chassis design, engine build and numerous technical items of specification, which have always been standout features of Formula Ford, and continues with the 2012 specification car.

Check the 2011 Frankfurt auto show page of theFordStory.com for more updates from Frankfurt throughout the week.

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7 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
Harry Hill Harry when can i drive it.
2 year(s) ago via
John McCoy I'm sorry my friends,but if u have to have AWD . Then ur just down right lazy as a racer. I understand the use for safety on public roads. But this article is about a turn key race car. Look at the Mazda Miata series(I know its RWD),also the Toyota Celica(FWD) has a series of races.Point is plenty of racers out there doing fine without AWD. Racing is not ment to be a "Sunday Drive".
2 year(s) ago via
Juston Preble If it were AWD I would buy one. Some goes for the new Focus ST if only it were AWD. It only makes sense. This would also allow Ford to offer the 2.0Eco Boost AWD in the Explorer and Edge as currently it is only available as a front wheel drive. Very disappointing. Especially because a new ford ranger would be awesome if it had the power of this new 2.0 Eco Boost, but who wants a Front Wheel Drive Truck, SUV, Sports Car. Not me! Great Economy, Great Power, Great Technology, now get the right transmission that offers rear wheel drive with this engine.
2 year(s) ago via
Larry I want to know when Ford will sell the Focus-ST here in the U.S. Also will Ford come out with F-250 Tonka? This would be one SUPER looking truck
2 year(s) ago via
Sal Undy Nice, a racecar is really what I need in daily traffic.
2 year(s) ago via
Sean Useless untill it gets AWD...
2 year(s) ago via
Steve Horan Plzz ford have a awd trim bcuz hatches just scream sportiness and u can fully achieve this with awd plus its overall supeior 2 fwd in all aspects other than fuel economy, plz tune it even more also to compete with the golfs, i will without a doubt buy 1 then
2 year(s) ago via
Gen Eugenio Innovative Ford Focus ..Super Tuning - Razorr..
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Petri Sipiläinen That´s Good Ford do work all around World....
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
'The Great Race' - Mount Panorama - Bathurst 1000 What a saucy little car.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Doug Beck Dead carp meets auto design........
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Cody Teich ford is the best shevi sucks
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Cody Jewell Will there be any 2 door models? and can you answer the question about any AWD posibilities in the future?
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jamie At Ford Hi Casey! Apologies I did not see your comment above! Besides the overall Drive One appeal of the Focus ST, are there other specific options that interest you? If so, and you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to reach me via PM to discuss them further. :) Jamie Ford Customer Service Division
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jamie At Ford Hey Chad! Yes, that is! The new Focus ST and ST-R boast the turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine! Check out another article about the new Focus at: http://Media.Ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=35248 and enjoy keeping up with the latest vehicle release information. :) Jamie Ford Customer Service Division
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
George Shepherd should sind some to ford pdc in brampton to help them work facer so i can get out to deliver thereparts to the dealer earlyer then leaveing at 4am should be leaving at 1pm at night thanks for the help
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Rodney Timms I love all the ways Ford IS involved with the customer and public in motorsports, but I'm dissapointed that they aren't providing factory support for the Pro Stock Mustang effort in NHRA drag racing. The unsupported teams that are loyal to Ford and trying to be competitive are getting embarassed at every meet. Why not throw some money and engineering their way and give Ford a strong presence in that area? Pontiac is dominant, and they don't even exist anymore!
3 year(s) ago via
joshua sick design for a focus. it is great that ford is putting more luxury, design, and style into their cars
3 year(s) ago via
Balraj Sidhu please launch focus in india too
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Angelo Russo Ford SUCKS for not offering 3-door hatchbacks in the US for the Focus and Fiesta... Those are the only body styles I would consider...
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tom Cottage Looks very good but I think the Focus definately needs to be AWD, also for rally.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Stu Mac Ross Macdonald, check this out , u can buy with a roll cage standard !
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Grandest Marquis Not a Vic. Not interested.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Greg Naeger I.....WANT....what is really disappointing is that I can't like this more than once.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tom Cullen Will this b a AWD. Love the new focus. Live in ND and would love to see a AWD to compete with Subaru up here
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Auto and Racing News Finally, a hot Focus racer for the States.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ann Marie Zeller Love my little red Ford Focus, I hardly ever have to stop for gas
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
David Rios i'm pushing for an all wheel drive focus . who is in?
3 year(s) ago via
Todd Crawford maybe I would buy it if it were made in Europe, USA, or Canada, but not in Latin America.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Bam Bam Jones I give it a 10
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Adam Barrera I want. to lick. this car.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Keyna Purvis cool!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jared Tester Ford, you are making great decisions.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ron Willett Just another slow 1.6- 2.0 . How about the twin turbo 3.7. Then I would look at it.
3 year(s) ago via
Liz Gray My ford is an 1987 lazer station wagon ,if you like to update my car ,please feel free id so appreaciate ,an so will my kids ,Thanks :))
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Casey Payne Ford is gonna support the focus ST a it does the GT in performance parts? Just gained another reason to buy this car.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ricardo Rareone Batres Now bring the rs to the u.s, and bring back svt for the focus
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Colby DuPont Hope to get through octane academy http://t.co/ObFlfZP and get myself in one of these! Ford choose this for the octane ride!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Abozaid Rashad wait &see!!!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Christopher Martin no power specs :(
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Andrew White neat. I like the turnkey racer idea. I'd like to see a Roush Focus come to market for street duty.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Chad Michael Turner Is that the Eco boost focus
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
girlybits76@hotmail.com Im a huge Fan of the Ford Focus and I love this design but I've never seen a 4 door racing car before. Is this the first? The 2 Focus that I have had so far were great. My 2010 Focus really handles well even at top speeds. It's nice and has some really awesome features but this model is soo much cooler.
3 year(s) ago via
Hernan Camilloni Quiero uno!!!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tracey Jaqueline Chapman Gorgeous
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jeff Stearns Ford Focus, very hot!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Aaron Dobert Sick!!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mathew Poynter Awesome car!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Benjamin Tyler Burkhardt Awesome!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tom Fong Says the idiot who should QUIT spelling like one.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ricky Ramos Jr. If it's not street legal, we don't care.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Travis Gage ummm.. when are they going to be in dealerships? i want to buy a new focus st-r not watch some one else driving it on tv
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
John Calnan What a supercar, anyone who does not like this needs examining. 10 outa 10 ford. Well done.
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Billy Sheen Excellent is it available in the uk?
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kyle MacDermaid Cool, now bring the ST wagon to the U.S., quite being idiots...
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Sunny Sun Wow!!!!! That's awesome!!!!
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ben Herbert Scott :| another ford for the xcrapheap
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Andres Alejandro nice
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
Josh Bain 1st
3 year(s) ago via Facebook
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