2014 Ford Focus ST Takes on Different Guises for 2013 SEMA Show

2013 SEMA Show


  • 2014 Ford Focus ST by Drag Racing Against Gangs & Graffiti Picture

    2014 Ford Focus ST by Drag Racing Against Gangs & Graffiti Picture

    The 2014 Ford Focus ST by Drag Racing Against Gangs & Graffiti has a crime-fighting theme. | October 22, 2013

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2012 SEMA Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The 2014 Ford Focus ST becomes a crime fighter and a Lotus wannabe in the many different versions of the vehicle that are on tap for the 2013 SEMA Show.
  • Vintage Team Lotus livery is used on a Focus ST as a tribute to Ford's longstanding involvement in motorsports.
  • Drag Racing Against Gangs & Graffiti created a rally-themed vehicle for law enforcement with the Focus ST.

DEARBORN, Michigan — The 2014 Ford Focus ST can take on different personalities with ease, as evidenced by the extreme versions of the car set for the 2013 SEMA Show.

There's the Focus ST as a crime fighter and another Focus ST that mimics a Team Lotus racecar. Another version honors the best of European and North American tuning.

Drag Racing Against Gangs & Graffiti created a rally-themed vehicle for law enforcement with the Focus ST. This version gets LED emergency lights and a custom interior rifle rack. A custom paint job "makes it the perfect partner for law enforcement," according to its creators. Other details include Wilwood engineering brakes, a suspension from Eibach Springs and wheels from Motegi Racing.

Vintage Team Lotus livery is used on a Focus ST as a tribute to Ford's longstanding involvement in motorsports. The Green Filter USA 2014 Ford Focus ST gets the signature green and gold colors of Team Lotus. Curators at The Henry Ford Museum, home of the original 1965 Lotus-Ford racecar, worked with Green Filter USA to make sure the SEMA car was authentic.

"Builders worked to mimic details from the original livery vehicle, including exhaust outlets on the custom exhaust kit," said Ford.

Another Focus ST SEMA car celebrates Southern California car culture. The 2014 Ford Focus ST by PM Lifestyle gets a custom harness bar, carbon-fiber exterior pieces and a custom paint job from Axalta. The interior reflects the road rally theme with Sparco Chrono Road seats and a five-point harness from Schroth Racing.

The 2013 Ford Focus ST by European Car Magazine gives a nod to the Focus ST's European roots. It blends a subtle paint treatment with an aggressive stance, lightweight carbon-fiber additions and an interior makeover.

The 2014 Ford Focus ST by Universal Technical Institute gets a classic Gulf Racing livery with 19-inch deep concave wheels and custom wide flares.

The M&J team formulated a partnership between Ford, Cosworth LLC and Ford Racing to boost the output in the 2013 Ford Focus ST by more than 30 percent. The car gets a Tangerine Scream finish.

Ford will roll out more SEMA cars in the coming days. The automaker said it will take the wraps off custom versions of the 2014 Ford Transit Connect on October 24 and modified versions of the Ford F-150 and Super Duty on October 31.

Edmunds says: Ford continues to dominate headlines for the 2013 SEMA Show with the promise of more to come.

Comments

  • Very colorful concepts. Speaking of the Focus ST, I noticed that Quaife makes a Helical Limited Slip Differential for the ST (http://quaifeamerica.com/qdf41z) which should eliminate torque steer and unnecessary wheel spin when the electronic aids are turned off (the car's only real flaws). If I owned an ST, it would be a mandatory purchase.

  • socal_eric socal_eric Posts:

    The automatic torque biasing (ATB) diffs definitely help in putting power down and should complement the brake-based electronic aids of the Focus ST, especially when exiting a corner since the brakes won't be taxed as much, but the Quaife and Torsen-style helical gear ATB diffs do have a tendency to *increase* torque steer in many front drive applications. This is due to how they actively shift driveline torque across the front axle and how that driveline torque reacts with other factors that can cause torque steer including when and how much engine torque is applied, chassis and suspension geometry, alignment of both steering gear as well as the powertrain (to include axle half-shafts), the tires used and sidewall stiffness, electronics for torque management and traction control also moving power around on the drive wheels, etc. ---------------With the stability control on the Focus ST in full off mode it won't intervene if you push wide or the car starts to rotate too far but it's still using the electronics and ABS for torque biasing/vectoring across the front axle and the understeer mitigation also continues to uses the front and rear brakes to help rotate the car on corner entry and exit. Go in too hot and while the aids help with the chassis balance it won't interact to save you and put the car back on an intended line like conventional stability controlled is designed to do. When you fully disabled it the system does greatly reduce traction control aids too, allowing for extra wheel spin and it won't reduce engine power and use the brakes to selectively slow both front wheels if they spin up, but it will use the brakes and torque vectoring to shift power to the outside, slower spinning wheel if only one wheel is spinning.

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