Standing besides its production version at Ford’s Frankfurt Motor Show stand, the race-tweaked ST-R was revealed and judging by its exterior looks the car, made by Ford Racing in North America, can’t wait to run on the track.
“We’re thrilled to be taking the Focus ST-R from concept to reality for motorsport enthusiasts initially in North America and potentially around the world. The previous turn-key race cars we developed for North American racing have been hugely successful, so we are hopeful that the ST-R will be the first such vehicle for global series and as a direct result of the company’s global platform strategy and our technical support program for motorsport applications of Focus and Fiesta models”, said the Ford Racing director Jamie Allison.
Being specially developed to take down speed records and to run in championships like the Grand-Am ST, World Challenge TC or the 24 Hour Nurburgring, the Focus ST-R had to give up some of its comfort features to replace them with the bucket seats and the classic roll-bar so the racing teams that will buy it won’t have to do anything more than fit it with a communication system and place a skillful driver in it.
Even if Ford didn’t say anything about its engine or performance, we know that the production version ST will develop 250 horsepower and 360 Nm of torque, and together with the Recaro sports seats and aluminum pedals, along with the aggressive exterior design, the hot-hatch nickname will be taken to a whole new generation.