There aren't many American cars that approach $100,000. As excited as they were by the ZR1's performance figures, Corvette enthusiasts balked at how a 'Vette could cost so much. After steadily climbing since its announcement a few years ago, the Fisker Karma's base price just breached the $100k mark. And of course the Ferrari-slaying Ford GT went for a good $150k if you could get your hands on one, and was probably worth even more. But a Focus? You've got to be kidding, right?

No, we're not kidding, but this also isn't the same Focus filling shopping mall parking lots and rental fleets across America and around the world, either. This is the Focus ST-R, the turn-key racing car launched by Ford Racing back in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It packs a competition-spec 2.0 EcoBoost four, a full FIA-certified roll cage, racing brakes and a track-tuned suspension.

In short, it's all but completely ready to tackle any of a variety of touring car series the world over, from Grand-Am ST and SCCA World Challenge TC to the World Touring Car Championship and similar local series around the world. So while the reported $98,995 sticker price may seem like a lot for a Focus, it may be the turn-key bargain of the tin-top racing world.


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      Talisman
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just want to know what the specs are on the engine and if we can purchase it seperately to drop in vehicles like the new Fusion.
      Cory Stansbury
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think I'll take the ACR-X for 110k myself.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Cory Stansbury
        2 different cars. Plus, this is currently in production. The ACR-X isn't. I think the Viper Cup is done after this year anyway.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          The Viper Cup never used the Competition Coupe. The Competition Coupe is only used in World Challenge GT and other series. The ACR-X was made specifically for the Viper Cup, hence the reason the Viper Cup only came about when the ACR-X came out. http://www.redlinedodge.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/VIR_ACR-X100710-13-03-29-37.jpeg
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
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      breakfastburrito
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lmao! That equals $70k in mods, for what? a wrx or Evo will mop the floor with that bucket. Good luck with that! Guess they're counting on suckers being born every minute...
        kkacperowski
        • 3 Years Ago
        @breakfastburrito
        the wheels probably cost 3-4 grand alone, so yeah it could be that much. pluse wehave no idea the amount of work done to the motor or the suspension or chassis.
        Talisman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @breakfastburrito
        I think this package is a little expensive myself given how much the race prepped Mustang's cost but lets not kid ourselves. This is a race car. A stock Evo or STi isn't. It wont even come close to beating this car on the track.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Talisman
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        AcidTonic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @breakfastburrito
        I agree with you. Give it all the bells and whistles, it will be slower than an Evo or STI with $2-3K in mods.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          Oh look, this is something new. Acid trash talking a Ford product./sarcasm
        osunick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @breakfastburrito
        Don't underestimate the effects of light weight and race suspension and brakes. I have no doubt this would destroy a stock WRX or Evo on a race track, it is still a turbo I4 after all. Taking away the compromises needed to make a car function well in the real world makes a big difference. I've seen $500 race cars lap Infineon more quickly than many street cars.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @breakfastburrito
        Give it up for breakfastburrito who is simply not seeing the purpose of this car...
      BShoppy
      • 3 Years Ago
      That dash still looks like cheap plastic. I won't give them more than 18k for it.[/sarcasm]
      Greg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now if only they could make the consumer version of the 2013 Focus ST available...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Greg
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      Jon Acton
      • 3 Years Ago
      even for 'tin cup' racing this seems really expensive. Is all the cost tied up in certification or what? I'm no racer but this hardly seems like a bargain....
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jon Acton
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      [event horizon]
      • 3 Years Ago
      $100k for a FWD hatch? Are you sh*tting me? What does a race car need 4 doors and hatch anyways? I'm sure drivers just love torquesteer.
      Shomare
      • 3 Years Ago
      Expensive Toy Right There!
      mchlrus1
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm drooling. Should I long for an Icon cj or this. Two separate cars, yes, but both have good quality.
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