Ford sure is packing a hot hatch punch here at the Frankfurt Motor Show. First came the production-ready Focus ST five-door and Europe-only ST wagon, then came the pint-sized Fiesta ST concept, and finally, the automaker unveiled the Focus ST-R – a turn-key racecar available to order through the Ford Racing catalog.

That's right – you can order the full Focus ST-R package from the Ford Racing catalog, word that should come as welcome news to weekend racers around the world. Ford has prepped its new Focus for touring car racing, adding things like a FIA-spec rollcage and a full host of track car enhancements.

It may not be something you can drive day-in and day-out, but then again, that's what the forthcoming street-legal ST is for.
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Ford Racing reveals Focus ST-R at Frankfurt Auto Show; Global Ford Motorsport Development Strategy extends

• All-new Ford Focus ST-R race car debuts in Germany as Ford's global motorsport development strategy builds
• Global Focus ST-based racer ready for action all around the world and available to buy off
the peg – technically based on Ford's global Focus race car development programme
• Fast, agile and competitive, Focus ST-R is aimed at professionals, amateurs and track-day
enthusiasts
• Ford's aggressive motorsport presence in Frankfurt also includes the all-wheel-drive Fiesta
RS WRC and debut of a new-generation, EcoBoost-powered Formula Ford


FRANKFURT, Germany, September 12, 2011 – As the all-new Focus ST road car makes its
global production debut, Ford is giving a European welcome at the Frankfurt Motor Show to a
special motorsport counterpart – the race-tweaked, production-based Focus ST-R.

Despite its close resemblance to the Focus ST road car, the Focus ST-R is purpose-built for the
track by Ford Racing in North America as a fully-prepared competition car. It features a powerful 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine, FIA regulation roll cage, uprated brakes and track-tuned suspension.

It will be available to teams soon, starting in North America, to race in a variety of series.

The all-new Focus ST-R has been crafted by engineers at Ford Racing – with technical support
from Ford's Global Performance Vehicles group – to allow it to compete in a huge variety of
series, including Grand-Am ST, World Challenge TC and Canadian Touring Car Series. Ford
also hopes teams will race the car in key European motorsport series and major national events
such as the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.

Its linkage to the new Focus ST road car is no accident.
"From the beginning, the Focus and new Focus ST were designed to be driver's cars," said Jost
Capito, director of Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsport Business Development. "The
road-going Focus features best-in-class brakes, handling and powertrains and the design and
functionality of the various vehicle systems have helped us to develop a global technical
specification for teams wanting to race the new Focus cost effectively. Ford Racing in North
America has taken this effort and developed the new Focus ST-R and is a perfect example of
how a great production car inspires a competitive race car for enthusiasts."

Initially homologated for American and Canadian touring car racing, Focus ST-R will be
available to order from Ford dealers in North America by seasoned hardcore professional
drivers, amateur racers and track day enthusiasts as well. Ford's vision is to broaden
availability to additional regions in the future.

"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," said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. "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.

"This is a competitive turn key race car that will allow our customers to compete successfully in multiple series around the world with minor modifications. And it shows the on-going alignment of Ford Racing with our Performance Vehicles development group."

"Because the Focus ST-R is a production-based road race car, it features stock body panels
and production parts where possible," added Allison. "People who buy one will get will get a fully prepared race car that will only need communications equipment and the customer's decals to go racing. We've already had significant interest in this vehicle from numerous established race teams."

For North American customers, the Ford Focus ST-R is the latest in a long-line of turn-key race
cars offered by the company including the Mustang FR500C, Mustang FR500S, Mustang Cobra
Jet, Boss 302R and Boss 302S. The ST-R offers clear links to the Focus ST road car.
Development work on the Focus ST-R will also result in a range of Ford Racing parts to be
made available to racers and enthusiasts around the world.

Focus Role in Ford's Global Motorsport Strategy
The Frankfurt debut of the Focus ST-R is part of an aggressive motorsport presence for Ford,
as its strategy to support motorsport development across its core global vehicle platforms gains traction. Ford is applying engineering and development expertise for vehicles like Focus ST-R to spur success in competition similar to that being enjoyed by the Fiesta in RallyCross and the X Games.

"Just as we are developing performance cars from our vehicle platforms with global customers
in mind, we're taking the same platform approach with motorsport," said Capito. "The intent is
to leverage our central motorsport engineering expertise to get competitive hardware in the
hands of private teams and racers all around the world, and the Focus ST-R is the latest proof."

The global Focus race car development – a major plank in Ford's new global motorsport
strategy – is based on international S2000 regulations. Focus ST-R adds momentum to the
new Focus motorsport story launched by Team Aon in the British Touring Car Championship.

Both the Team Aon Focus BTCC car and the new Focus ST-R are evidence of a Ford strategy
with global ambitions to help privateers to be competitive on all levels.

Ford launched its global motorsport development program last year. At its core is technical
support for privateers who chose to compete with global Ford vehicles with access to affordable, globally competitive hardware.

"We're delighted with the early success Team Aon has achieved with the new Focus in the
BTCC and we are looking forward to seeing the ST-R on the track soon in global race series,"
Capito said. "We expect to see the ST-R competing for wins on a global scale, extending the
rich racing and rallying heritage Focus has already gained both on tarmac and on dirt."

Fiesta Also Benefitting
According to Capito, the growing success of Fiesta in motorsport is also a product of the unique global Ford motorsport strategy.

The Fiesta Rallycross – powered by a 2.0-litre Duratec Ford engine capable of more than
500PS – is another example of Ford's global motorsport approach, as it competes in the Global
Rallycross Championship, European Rallycross Championship and X Games.

This year, Ford and Fiesta dominated the inaugural Global RallyCross Championship as Ford
captured the manufacturers' and drivers' championships. Fiesta drivers Tanner Foust and
Marcus Gronholm finished 1-2 in the overall GRC championship as well as capturing the
individual SuperRally and RallyCross championships. Last month at X Games 17 in Los
Angeles, Brian Deegan led Foust and Gronholm in a Fiesta sweep of the RallyCross podium, a
"3-peat" for Fiesta in the Rally competition at X Games.

More Ford Motorsport Excitement in Frankfurt
Ford's motorsport presence also includes two other important global players:
• Ford is also making a bold return to grassroots motorsport with the debut of a newgeneration Formula Ford, a global single-seater powered by a production-based 1.6-litre
Ford EcoBoost engine and engineered to the latest FIA safety specifications. It's a fresh
new approach for a formula which has been a stepping stone for world champions for more
than 40 years.
• The impressive Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car of Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team takes
a break to show off its form on Ford's Frankfurt stand. Competed by team drivers Mikko
Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen and team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila in the
FIA World Rally Championship, the Fiesta RS WRC competes at the pinnacle of global
rallying. World-famous American gymkhana ace Ken Block also pilots a Fiesta RS WRC for
the Ford-supported Monster World Rally Team in the World Rally Championship.


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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wait, you hate FWD cars, yet you absolutely love this car? By the way, this isn't going to be racing in the BTCC. You can clearly see that by just looking at how the car looks. There's no aerodynamic BTCC/WTCC-spec parts on it at all. It's just a stripped out version of the street ST.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
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      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      This isn't going to be racing in any top tier touring car series like the BTCC and WTCC. It doesn't have the BTCC/WTCC-spec aero parts on it. I'm thinking we'll be seeing this in the US in the Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge ST class going up against the Mazdaspeed3, Kia Forte Koup, and MX5s.
        Tom Cottage
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        Press release: "The global Focus race car development – a major plank in Ford's new global motorsport strategy – is based on international S2000 regulations. Focus ST-R adds momentum to the new Focus motorsport story launched by Team Aon in the British Touring Car Championship."
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tom Cottage
          Uh that proves nothing. It's not saying it's going to race in the BTCC, only that it has BTCC heritage.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
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      Maverick
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it's under 25k I'm totally in. I'd trade my 400hp Evo for one of these bad boys. Wait, it doesn't have LSD or AWD? Pfft. Nevermind, of course Ford would offer up that kind of suckage.
        Travisty
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Maverick
        Yeah, because your 400hp Evo is under $25k...
        deathguyQC
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Maverick
        Where the hell did you get a brand new 400hp EVO for 25k?? Because I'm buying one now!
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @deathguyQC
          This joke went over your's and Travisty's head. Read below.
      Dean Hammond
      • 3 Years Ago
      hmmm, lets see...Nightflight "WHAT NO LSD?????". Tom Cottage "WHAT NO AWD", True Voice "typical Ford suckage", Acid Tonic "Ive got a 400hp Evo that can do 0-60 in the pouring rain in 5 flat" and a bunch of, "If its 25k or less Im in".....should save a few posts right there....
        Tom Cottage
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        @Dean Hammond, I am a Ford fan. However, I don't want to buy FWD anymore. We need an AWD car here (in rally) to compete with the EVO and Subie! No FWD about $40k! FWD ALREADY failed for me. I want an all wheel drive option. Please bring the 2012 Ford Focus RS with AWD, FMC!
          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tom Cottage
          so that makes it ok to re-cycle the same old critique when you have yet to even sample the car. Get ready to wipe the egg off your faces when the car gets written up...and realize the target audience is NOT for you pseudo Raikkenans ( sorry for the spelling Kimi )
        AcidTonic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        Your point? FWD has yet to deliver something serious. Also with the Evo IX 400hp is bolt on territory and the car is easily 11 second capable without swapping a turbo or lifting a valve cover on stock cams... Torque vectoring uses your brakes to simulate a real limited slip differential. I prefer true limited slip differentials for stability and traction without burning my expensive brakes out. The torque steer prevention system sounds like a clever way to hide the feeling of torque steer. I hope it doesn't limit engine output in lower gears... I'd rather see it designed with a fancy front suspension that can handle 100% throttle and put that power to the ground. Something a little better than Revoknucle... I just fear the 25K market is dominated by the WRX. ~265hp, full-time all wheel drive, etc. Unless this FWD car is $22K or less, I don't see the value. Also the Speed3 is often shopped by the same buyers and has ~270hp. The money lies in an American competitor to the uncontested EVO and STI. This market has more money. We are weird people who spend $40K on a 2.0 liter that's balls to the walls. We don't care what it looks like. It's all performance and the rest is fashion. Sign me up when Ford comes to their senses. They could have owned this market if they didn't cancel the Escort Cosworth AWD 2.0 Turbo. People are importing them to the states and paying big money for 1990s era cars. Yet Ford acts like there is no market here. So sad. I'll say it again. $35-$40K is the market.... Lot's of IT guys, Military Folks with a signing bonus, and kids with parents that have deep pockets. They push these 2.0 liters to 400-900 horsepower all day long. Active build threads in every forum, new turbos developed actively at this very moment by many manufacturers. Stock frame turbos upgrades are all the rage. FWD makes traction a pipe dream to the very people who modify cars the most....
          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          $40k for a focus means sales would amount to those of WRX and Evo numbers...in other words trivial. You may see an RS down the road as a Halo car, but you guys have missed the point COMPLETELY on this vehicle, this is MAINSTREAM fun, not a niche, limited production, shaky business case, please the cutting edge enthusiast, unattainable for most, statement vehicle. If you guys were in charge of Fords bottom line , they too would have had their hand out....
        AM2
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        2012 Focus models have Torque Vectoring.
      masonperegrine
      • 3 Years Ago
      God, I wish I was a race car driver.
      Tetegra
      • 3 Years Ago
      dear santa!
      Anthony Thomas
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here we go again, IT doesn't need AWD and who gives a flip about Rally in the United States but a handful of people? Grand Am has a larger following and that's not saying much at all. This car is likely for a few NASA classes I can think of and SCCA Touring 2, which allows powerful FWD cars such as the Neon SRT-4. Also it is likely legal for SCCA World Challenge and Grand Am Cup. Call up or Email any of the Grand Am Cup teams and asked them how much to build say a Kia Koup GA Cup spec car. I was quoted almost double what the Focus will cost which will come turnkey. APR has at least 60K into either of its Golf GTi Grand Am Cup racers. I am glad Ford is continuing to build turnkey race cars for the average person. Plus you'll have the support of Ford and not some specialist racing shop.
        Tom Cottage
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Anthony Thomas
        "Here we go again, IT doesn't need AWD and who gives a flip about Rally in the United States but a handful of people?" Wow, isn't it a global car? Press release: "Ford Racing reveals Focus ST-R at Frankfurt Auto Show; Global Ford Motorsport Development Strategy extends • All-new Ford Focus ST-R race car debuts in Germany as Ford's global motorsport development strategy builds • Global Focus ST-based racer ready for action all around the world and available to buy off the peg – technically based on Ford's global Focus race car development programme • Fast, agile and competitive, Focus ST-R is aimed at professionals, amateurs and track-day enthusiasts • Ford's aggressive motorsport presence in Frankfurt also includes the all-wheel-drive Fiesta RS WRC and debut of a new-generation, EcoBoost-powered Formula Ford.... The all-new Focus ST-R has been crafted by engineers at Ford Racing – with technical support from Ford's Global Performance Vehicles group – to allow it to compete in a huge variety of series, including Grand-Am ST, World Challenge TC and Canadian Touring Car Series. Ford also hopes teams will race the car in key European motorsport series and major national events such as the 24 Hours of Nürburgring...... "Because the Focus ST-R is a production-based road race car, it features stock body panels and production parts where possible," added Allison."
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tom Cottage
          What does ANY of that have to do with what he said? WRC isn't a big motorsport in the US. That's what he was getting at.
        breakfastburrito
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Anthony Thomas
        Ford in the US has always SUCKED. The escort cosworth RS was the hottest hatch of its time. Never made available in the US. That SUCKED Focus RS, Sierra Cosworth, Falcon, etc. Etc. Nope. Nope and nope. SUCKED. Every great drivers car (not muscle cars) has been kept from Americans. Subaru used their rally heritage and AWD to great success. Would've loved to be a ford guy.... but they SUCK
      Tom Cottage
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where is an AWD Rally/Performance kit? :-(
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tom Cottage
        AWD = more weight and more money Please stop with this AWD bullcrap.
          AcidTonic
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          It's actually not more weight. If the manufacturer cares, they will use lighter components elsewhere to offset any weight gain. For instance the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has all Aluminum body panels. Besides that their AWD Evo IX was 3250lbs while the 2010 FWD Focus RS was 3300lbs according to MotorTrend. Even then the Evo does 0-60 way better than the 5.9 seconds quoted for the Focus RS. Quit accepting Ford's lies about not needing AWD. Maybe if you left the car 100% stock and didn't mind the 1 second slower 0-60 and wheel spin in the rain/snow. Ford has shown you what they prefer when they race.... that's the AWD system with an active center differential in their AWD Fiesta. Guess what the Evo has.... AWD with an Active Center Differential. I guess Ford approves of that design, but they can't sell you one like Mitsubishi does.
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      That's cool, they kept the rear doors. Good thing it seats 4.
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