2013 Chicago Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The Ken Block-modified Ford Focus TrackSTer will debut at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.
- The Ford Focus TrackSTer is the work of Block, Los Angeles-based automotive tuner fifteen52 and Ford.
- Project ST, launched last year, will produce two more models.
The Ford Focus TrackSTer is the work of Block, Los Angeles-based automotive tuner fifteen52 and Ford.
Project ST, launched last year, will produce two more models.
Block praised fifteen52 and its work on the Focus.
"They've got a great understanding of what's hot in the small car performance marketplace right now, both from the style perspective and from the performance end of things," Block said. "With the TrackSTer, they've worked closely with both Ford Racing and Mountune to put together a potent package that blends on-road performance with on-track performance. I can't wait to actually get this car out on a track and put it through the paces."
The car utilizes a Ford Racing short-throw shifter and performance exhaust system. Other features include a limited-slip differential and Centerforce custom clutch kit specially developed for the Focus ST-R, along with fender flares from the Chinese Touring Car Championship Focus.
"Using the CAS venue to debut the TrackSTer is bound to be one of the main highlights for the Project ST campaign," said Brad Beardow, fifteen52 co-owner. "Chicago, if not the entire Midwest, seems to have more than its fair share of hot-hatch enthusiasts, and there's just something so right about coming to CAS — in the dead of winter — and unveiling the hottest Focus ST anyone's seen so far."
Edmunds says: Small is beautiful to the tuner enthusiast market, and the Focus has been one of the leading American brands in the segment. The TrackSTer is likely to be a hit.