Few things make us happier than the notion of turn-key race cars. In a world where large corporations are increasingly risk-averse when it comes to their products, we take private glee in knowing that if we had the means, we could go out and buy a ready-for-battle race car straight from Ford. We aren't talking about some high-strung quarter-mile Mustang, either. The Ford Focus ST-R is built for laying waste to your favorite road course as you do battle with the bruisers in the Grand-Am ST and SCCA World Challenge TC series. Now Tanner Foust has set out to give the five-door a quick thrash around Homestead-Miami Speedway.

What did the racer-turned TV personality think? Foust spends plenty of time expounding on the virtues of the Ford Racing program and the importance of having a small-displacement race car in the company's stable. Hit the jump to check out the video for yourself.



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      Jarda
      • 2 Years Ago
      where in the video is the test? :( maybe i just blinked?
      Krishan Mistry
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford, you rock. And that video shows the awesome bredth of Ford racing vehicles. Fiesta rallycross car, Focus ST-R, and the Boss 302S that sounds like the Norse God of Thunder. Now, make Lincoln less of an identity confused fail, and you would be good as gold.
        toohardonmyself2
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        $20 says you won't be bringing a Focus or Fiesta garbage trap to a road course any time soon. STi's, EVO's, RX7's, M3's, 911's, Miatas... these are track cars. $80,000.00 for a junk heap, that will turn SLOWER LAP TIMES THAN A $10K TURBO MIATA!? Sorry Ford. You suck. Mustang is a street brawler, that's sloppy at the track.
          mazeroni
          • 2 Years Ago
          @toohardonmyself2
          You miss the point completely. ST-R isn't meant for your weekend road course events open to the public. When your dealing with sanctioned events and your car HAS to conform to everyone of the racing organizations rules this car makes sense. As Tanner said in the video, a stock car can take a year to get ready for a race, so the point of this car is to make a brand new car available to racers now. You can go buy a stock focus right now but chances are once you put together a team, pay salaries, buy all of the parts, and run trial and error tests, you are at or well past 80k and you wasted a lot of time that could be spent racing.
          Craigg Turner
          • 2 Years Ago
          @toohardonmyself2
          yea your an idiot.
      Prince David
      • 2 Years Ago
      Woooh go Ford! This car looks fantastic!
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      for a GrandAm car, $80,000 is cheap wait till you have to pay for crew, gas, entry fees, logistics I actually work on a GrandAm team, so I know....having built a couple of racecars from whitebodies so far
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think this car has interesting potential for someone who has the coin to drop $80 grand on a whim. Most people interested in small tuner cars enjoy the easy (read cheap) power that can be obtained through a factory turbocharged engine without compromising handling. We're talking about people who would rather use a $400 junk yard turbo from a dodge diesel instead of an $1800 bolt on turbo. They rebuild the motor in their garage with forged parts and slam 25psi+ down the hatch or pay someone $4-10K for the build if they aren't technical. The guys with $10-20K in their builds tend to be more rare and by then most have moved on to AWD or RWD to either drag race or autocross. By then they usually build their own cars from shells, literally. The point is there is a *tremendous* market for a $35-45K production car that is overbuilt and ready for more. I feel this car's market is a bit smaller and more catered to the crowd with a zillion options when you have $80K. Ford would make more money to appeal to a wider audience with a more reasonable $35-45K car..... One higher than the ST. This car is badass though and finally the domestic small cars are getting the point and learning how to attract people away from the imports. Just remember the $35-45K range is where you want to be but this is a good start.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        $35-45k is Mustang GT/Boss 302 money, in Ford speak. Both are capable and able to hold down a lot more power through the stock engine internals. But, nevertheless, I really hope that Ford quickly slots a 300+hp Focus RS for $30k above the ST that hasnt actually been released yet. For a turnkey racecar ready for Grand Am or SCCA, $80k isnt really a lot...even for a low(ish) power FWD hatchback.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          @breakfastburrito The difference is that this isnt a trackday toy, it's something that meets all of the legal and safety requirements to compete in fully sanctioned racing. And that is expensive if done right. A Porsche GT3 Cup costs 3 times as much as a road GT3, a Camaro GS that also competes in Grand Am like the Focus (albeit a different class) would run nearly $200k. Sure, you could get a ZR1 or GTR for half the price, but by the time you make it eligible for a professional racing series, you would have spent a lot of downtime and tons more cash. Also, with something like a real racecar, you can get sponsors to pay for your racing effort for having their stickers on your car. So you wont be paying $80k out of pocket anyway.
          breakfastburrito
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          "in Ford speak"... do you work for Ford? and how is $80k "not a lot of money"? 80 thousand dollars would buy a GT-R, or a slightly used 996 turbo! that's A LOT of money. If you look in the classified section of Grassroots Motorsport, you'll see that for $50k, you could get a fully prepped corvette, and have $30k left over for tires, brakes and repairs.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          Actually, wasnt at all accusing you of that. Just bringing it up. I favor double chocolate with a chocolate flake (Boss 302, any badass yank tank), but even I can't resist a little strawberry shortcake (Focus ST, any fiery hot hatch) now and then.
      truckguy
      • 2 Years Ago
      FORD SUCK!!!!!
      ken
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stig + James May + Hamster = Tanner Foust
        Krishan Mistry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ken
        I couldnt agree more. Of the 3 hosts on TG US, Tanner is the most likeable because he knows what the hell he's talking about and he can drive exceptionally. Maybe may I suggest a bit of Tiff Needell, too? Or is that too much blasphemy?
          Teleny411
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          I agree. If Top Gear US could dump the fat guy & the Jersey shore dude it might not be do unbearable.
      Alex Butti
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't think "Ford sucks" but I think $100,000 for a car like this is too much. Now, if you're a race-car driver like Tanner Foust, and you're given the car to race, sure. But if you're a privateer and want to invest the money into a good-solid chassis, the Ford Focus is not on top of my list. Too much money for what it offers.
        Georg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex Butti
        racing is expansive....$100,000 is pretty cheap/normal price for a turn key race car in that class.. other exampley Seat Leon Supercopa (300hp FWD) 67,900Euro ($87,800) thats much cheaper as for example a Porsche GT3 RSR for 498,000Euro ($650,000)
          Alex Butti
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Georg
          Georg, I completely agree with you. Also keep in mind the Seat Leon Super Copa is a proven race-car/ chassis. It's been around for at least 5 years. AND not to mentioned it delivers 300hp, unlike this Ford Focus which only makes......170-190? That's a joke! The GT3 RSR and the Nissan GT-R are in two different classes.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex Butti
        Go find me a cheaper turn key race car from a big manufacturer... I'll be waiting here for your response.
          Georg
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          @Elmo Radical SR3 RS $61,000 upt to Radical SR8 $90,000 (based on UK priceing in british pound incl tax) Seat Leon Supercopa $87,000 and there are many more like Clio Cup cars, Civic Cup cars (both are pretty close based on stock production cars with strictly limted race modifications for low pricing)
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Nagma, I said BIG manufacturer. Radical is quite small and Seat is Europe exclusive. The Clio Cup and Civic Cup aren't offered globally, as this car will be. Also, this is going to be $80,000, not $100,000. So this is still cheaper than the Leon SuperCopa.
        Alex Butti
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex Butti
        I said $100.000 because what this article doesn't include is, spare parts, tires, gas, fee's, transportation and so forth. Actually $100.000 is not enough. It would be more along the line of $130.000. But yes, for a Grand Am car, $100.000 is fairly cheap, I agree. What I don't agree upon is the Ford Focus itself. There's was a previous article AB put up a while ago. In that article I broke down all the components this Ford Focus is using (most of the being top quality parts). The remaining of the money went into the chassis. (in other words, if you spend more than $8000 in a rollcage for this type of racing, you're stupid).
      Kris
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm glad this car exists. There are not enough cheap factory built race cars. Although I'm from the guys who prefers to build the car by himself (by that I mean "my team") for a number of reasons. I agree buying factory car is the cheaper way and if Ford continues to work with the teams for further developing of the car like BMW does with their touring cars it can even be a winner.
      ralph w
      • 2 Years Ago
      I personally love the new Focus, but sheesh, Tanner, could you at least try to pretend you are not a paid member of a Ford racing team? This felt like one of those DVD extras where the actors are interviewed to just praise the movie over and over.
      Redline
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yay Ford! I really hope Ford can make their European success stories work in North America. Ignorant question, is this a FWD racecar?
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