The second largest US automakers is clearly treating the annual SEMA in Las Vegas with seriousness – even claiming it will sport the biggest OEM display at the glittering event with more than 50 modified cars for specialists and fans.
For now, the automaker has decided to reveal just a small part of the roster, focusing on the Focus hatchback – even though the generation is approaching its end, the Blue Oval still considers it a crucial model for market development, especially if we discuss the performance versions. Aside from a variety of Mustang and F-150 models we’re pretty sure will flood the display, Ford has also prepared no less than three custom RS models and a sole ST version, each from a different aftermarket specialist.
The 2017 Focus ST by Blood Type Racing Inc is here to mix “lifestyle elements of moving images with motorsports to make a vehicle for the modern enthusiast.” We could say quicker purple is cool, especially since it also sports a roof-mounted helipad for a drone – besides the race-spec Borg Warner turbo and Ford Performance exhaust system. Moving on we find the first of the Focus RS bunch – done as the Focus RS TriAthlete by VMP Performance. It’s been appropriately called like this because it has been enhanced for three venues – drag strip, the road course, and the daily commute. The 2017 Ford Focus RS by Universal Technical Institute, Tjin Edition and Pennzoil is a collaborative effort, as the name suggests – and it’s also the most traditional of the bunch. The Focus RS by Rally Innovations clearly taps into the automaker’s rally heritage, with the SEMA-bound concept looking ready to take its owner to a special stage.