Ford Focus ST-R making its racing debut at Daytona image

The North American based automaker’s motorsport division has recently announced that the new Ford Focus ST-R will make its racing debut at the Daytona International Speedway during the Grand-Am weekend.

According to the car manufacturer, the Ford Focus ST-R is the first global model which is actually joining the race car family which includes models like the Mustang FR500C, the Mustang FR500S, the Mustang Cobra Jet, the Boss 302R or the Boss 302. Ford is also saying that the partnership with Multimatic Motorsports will also lead to the success of the Focus ST-R, just like it did with other models which are currently racing.

“The competition debut of all our FR family of turnkey ready-to-race cars has not been the completion of the journey but the transition to a new phase of development. Our partnership with Multimatic Motorsports has led to past success with the FR500C and the Boss 302R and their contribution to the product that will take the track at Daytona later this week has been critical”, as the Ford Racing director, Jamie Allison, said.

Even if performance figures on racing cars aren’t usually announced, we know that the Ford Focus ST-R in its Racing version is powered by a 2.0 liter engine which is developing a total output of 250 horsepower (estimated). The model’s cabin has been stripped and it’s now fitted with a roll cage, which is FIA compliant, and the car is coming with upgraded brakes, new suspension and redesigned intake and exhaust systems.