Ford Adds Focus ST-R to Racing Stable
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Ford Adds Focus ST-R to Racing Stable

2011 Frankfurt Auto Show


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2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Ford's new off-the-shelf racer is based on the just-introduced Focus ST.
  • The Focus ST-R is aimed at "professionals, amateurs and track-day enthusiasts," the automaker said.
  • The track-tuned, production-based Focus ST-R racecar is built by Ford Racing in North America.

FRANKFURT, Germany — A new off-the-shelf racer, the Ford Focus ST-R, is based on the company's just-unveiled Focus ST and is aimed at "professionals, amateurs and track-day enthusiasts," the automaker said.

The track-tuned, production-based Focus ST-R racecar is built by Ford Racing in North America and will be available shortly to teams and individuals competing in a variety of motorsports series, including Grand-Am ST, World Challenge TC and Canadian Touring Car Series.

The automaker added: "Ford also hopes teams will race the car in key European motorsport series and major national events such as the 24 Hours of Nürburgring."

The Focus ST-R features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine, FIA-spec roll cage, uprated brakes and racing suspension under its stock body panels.

Not just aimed at big-budget teams, the Focus ST-R, according to the company, "will be available to order from Ford dealers in North America by seasoned hard-core professional drivers, amateur racers and track-day enthusiasts as well."

A variety of individual Ford Racing parts developed for the Focus ST-R also will be offered to do-it-yourselfers.

Edmunds.com says: A pretty slick turnkey racecar.

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