• Sep 18, 2009
Jay Leno's Green Car Challenge Ford Focus EV - Click above to watch video after the jump

We've already showed you the first images of a new battery electric Focus that Ford has built for the guests of the new Jay Leno Show to drive in his Green Car Challenge. Now Ford has also posted a video with some of the engineers showing off their handiwork. Once the team got the Euro-spec Focus electrified, it was time for the Ford Racing crew to charge it up. Andy Slankard, Engineering Supervisor at Ford Racing, describes the work done to prepare the car for its life on the small screen. While these show cars started life as Focus ST models, their new powertrain and the added mass of a 23 kWh battery pack meant the suspension needed some beefing up. With the battery pack sitting in the cargo hold in the rear, the weight balance was undoubtedly shifted towards the back. Nevertheless, the car still looks pretty good going through the autocross, as you'll see in the video after the jump. Thanks to Clifford for the tip!



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      • 5 Years Ago
      not to bash top gear since its my favorite show of all time, but seeing this focus around the track compare to the car they used at top gear, I would never get tire of seeing this one go at it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What an ugly pig of a car.

      Knowing Ford and their record with reliability, if they ever do release this thing to the public it will leave people stranded by the side of the road.

      Meanwhile, there's a Prius for sale right now at your local Toyota dealer. Fail Ford, fail.
        alexacoon
        • 5 Years Ago
        Where do you get this poor reliability notion? I bought the 2000 Focus (along with my uncle and my sister) and despite all the recalls everyone jokes about not one of those involved anything that would have resulted in a breakdown. After nine years and 85K the only work I've had done on my own is a brake job and thats regular maintenance. The other two have less millage but no unexpected problems to date.
        I still want to know though, are we getting a three door or not????
        If not I may have to buy a TDI Golf.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Stop being so dumb.

        I mean wasn't defeating your own arguments yesterday enough to remind you to stay off Ford posts?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Brian - right, which is why the camry hybrid's fuel economy, interior, fit and finish, and general driving dynamics all wilt in the face of ford's hybrid fusion.

        I love trolls on friday, nothing makes the day go quicker.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just like anything in life: garbage in, garbage out.

        I've owned Fords, VWs, Mazdas, and never had one on the side of the road for mechanical failure. Tire blowouts or run out of gas, sure, but not mechanical failure. I take that back, my '88 Mazda 626 overheated one time, busted coolant return hose. Essentially, Brian, if you know your way around four wheels and an engine you really shouldn't have any issues if you keep up on the maintenance. Then again, not everybody wants to get their hands dirty...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh yeah, reading comprehension would have helped you understand that this car is a ONE OF.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Of course it's a one off, all Ford offers is gimmicks and PR stunts like this instead of quietly working on new technology and better cars like the transplants.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd really like to see celebrities shift gears with an honest to goodness manual transmission. I think seeing people bounce off the rev limiter, stall, etc would be more entertaining. That's what makes Top Gear's version so fun... this is going to be kinda dull.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I live in the UK. I downloaded it. I wish I hadn't. Real shame - as other people have pointed out, this isn't going to do anything to sell EVs, doesn't like like it went much faster than 30mph!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting how it only took them two months this awesome looking electric car - but have yet to release one in production.

      Release it to the public christ!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Gotta finish the assembly plant first! Gonna build it right here in Michigan at what was the Michigan Truck plant in Wayne.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nor does the battery need to last 10 years in the hands of owners who don't necessarily know how to care for a battery pack properly. You can make some pretty amazing stuff when it isn't a production vehicle. I'd still like to take my chances with this very car. I wonder if the seats fold flat!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Interesting? Nope. Predictable when it doesn't have to meet certain budgets needed to sell it in volume? Yup. Apples to oranges man. one off for a tv show vs production car are two entirely different notions. i love this car, the looks, the golf tdi levels of power, decent range, but it's not costing
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool car! Looks nice. Goes well. I guess it doesn't need range or boot space. Batteries are getting smaller and lighter though. Maybe we'll mostly be driving electrics in 20 years time. In the meantime it'll be interesting to watch the show.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey, if I can use a car as a daily driver AND enjoy driving it at the same time, why not? After all, that is a very large part of being an enthusiast.

      I agree that the SHO, Raptor, or any other specialty car is not doing the automotive world a favor as far as advancing technology and the mindsets of people, but car ownership isn't all about doing what is technically environmentally right. Sometimes you buy a car just because you like it, not just because it gets the best mileage in the world or is made entirely from recyclable materials.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Meant this as a reply to Nozferat
      • 5 Years Ago
      WOW! I find it laughable that Ford has no confidence in the USDM Focus AT ALL! They are staging a EDM vehicle on national television in the US. Thats pretty sad.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @holytaco_904: by time you and I can buy an electric focus, it will look like this one. It wont happen for a couple of years. You don't want average person going to the Ford dealer and not finding any electric Focus, because it looked different on TV. Though visually, yes, the current one sucks donkey balls compared to this one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting. They really got the job done fast. Still love the styling. Glad they picked the ST over an american focus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why doesn't Jay let his guests drive his Fiesta SHOgun's around the track. Snap oversteer would be fun to watch his guests deal with!
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice.
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