Whilst the looks resemble the road going ST, there is a colossal difference between the two. The ST-R is purpose built for competition and features an FIA regulation roll cage, uprated brakes and a tweaked suspension for the track. The power plant under the bonnet is a powerful 2.0-litre EcoBoost unit.
Ford also hopes that the car will feature in some of the major European series, and also some of the significant national events such as the Nürburgring 24-hours race.
According to Jost Capito, director of Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsport Business Development, the likeness between the road and race versions of the Focus ST is no coincidence;