Tuesday, 13 September 2011

NEWS - Ford Racing reveal motorsport Focus at Frankfurt

The Frankfurt Auto Show has been an interesting one this year, particularly with regards to Ford. Not only have eyes been set on the production Focus ST for the first time, but Ford Racing have showcased the Focus ST-R; a hardcore track star for competition drivers.

 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.

The vehicle will be available to teams soon; initially in North America. Here it will compete in a variety of race series where it will undoubtedly prove itself as a strong competitor. The car has been specially designed by Ford Racing (with a little bit of technical support from Ford's Global Performance Vehicles group) so that it will be capable of competing in a huge variety of series. These will include the Canadian Touring Car Series, the Grand-Am ST and World Challenge TC.

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 N├╝rburgring 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;

"From the beginning, the Focus and new Focus ST were designed to be driver's cars," he said. "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.”

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