• Oct 31, 2012



Cosworth has something special planned for SEMA 2012. Later this week, the company will unveil its take on the Ford Focus ST, complete with around 330 horsepower. The suitably named CS 330 is technically a concept car and features a few tweaks to turn up the grunt. Those include a new exhaust and intake as well as "improved thermal management." We take that to mean there's a revised intercooler at work on this hatchback, and we'd guess the minds behind this creation played a bit with the turbo set up as well. Cosworth hasn't released any specifics beyond that scant information, but from the looks of the rendering above, the CS 330 may feature revised brakes, new wheels and a few suspension tweaks.

We'll find out more when we see the Cosworth Ford Focus ST on the SEMA show floor in Las Vegas. Until then, you can chew on the brief press release below for a little more information.

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SEMA Ford Focus ST

Latest Cosworth SEMA 2012 concept car announced

Cosworth collaboration with M&J Enterprises and Ford Racing creates Ford Focus ST 2012 total vehicle concept.

SEMA Show October 30 - November 2, 2012

Cosworth, in collaboration with M&J Enterprises and Ford Racing, has announced a new high performance total vehicle concept built around the Ford Focus ST - the CS 330. This track inspired concept car will embody the engineering excellence which is such a crucial element of the Cosworth brand.

The CS 330 takes the Focus ST 2.0-liter, direct-injected engine to racecar levels of performance delivering 330 horsepower. The total vehicle concept includes enhanced engine control parameters, optimization of the exhaust and induction systems and improved thermal management. The eye-catching exterior pays homage to the vehicle's motorsport heritage while the interior provides the luxury expected from a Cosworth total vehicle concept.

"The CS 330 SEMA concept car is an opportunity we could not miss," stated Nicole Armbrustmacher, Director of Marketing of Cosworth Americas. "The CS 330 project with M&J Enterprises and Ford Racing demonstrates our engineering strength at taking a production engine platform to a racing performance level."

"We are excited to be working with Cosworth and M&J Enterprises" stated George Goddu, Business Manager of Ford Racing Performance. "Our customers demand a high performance race series model and with Cosworth's reputation they were a natural choice."


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      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford and Cosworth Together Again! Now, make us an RS!
      bubba_roe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who does Ford think is going to buy these things? Rednecks only drive cars with v8's. They better leave the sport compacts to the Japanese and Europeans.
        GR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bubba_roe
        Maybe people like me? I have long been a Japanese car enthusiast, but as a car lover, I am going to see a car for what it really is, regardless of brand or national origin. The Focus ST is a great example. The reviews are great and the styling is very enticing, IMO. It looks much better than a Pikachu Mazda or a fugly Subaru. Mitsubishi is crawling into a cave for the sake of alternative technologies and Toyota and Honda offerings? They don't even currently offer something like the ST. I can't think of a current Nissan in the sports compact segment either, especially one to take on the ST. The VW GTI is venerable, but expensive and unreliable in usual German fashion. So, you still think the Focus ST does not belong? Sure, this car is in import territory as a performance sports compact, but if it has the ability to take them on, why not? Not to mention, this Focus originates from Europe where it was highly praised. I am very interested in this car and will keep my eye on it. You generally do yourself a disservice to judge a car by the brand, not its individual products.
          Gorgenapper
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GR
          Well said. I have a 2010 MS3, but I don't kid myself about the front end of the car. The front end of the Focus ST isn't exactly endearing due to its resemblance to a guppy, but it's still more aggressive than the 'pu smile on my car.
        mostchillininsc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bubba_roe
        @GR -- you claim to be a "car lover" and do a descent job making your case until you get the GTI comment and more specifically "The VW GTI is venerable, but expensive and unreliable in usual German fashion." You obviously have not owned a recent GTI. I've owned 12 VWs since I started driving 24 years ago. No doubt, some have had their issues. That being said, I bought my sister (who I support) a TDI Sportwagen about 3 years ago -- zero problems after 50K+ miles. ZERO. And then I bought a '12 R20 as a 2nd daily driver -- zero problems. ZERO. We also have two BMWs, a RR and a Porsche in the stable and the VWs have been as reliable or more so than any of those vehicles... I like the ST but it is too boy racer for me. And I'm a fan of recent Ford products. I make this point as to not to come across as a VW fan boi... You need to get your facts straight -- that's my point.
          mostchillininsc
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mostchillininsc
          Ummm - if you use CR as your benchmark, I'll shutup now as you are not a auto enthusiast - period. Go back to enjoying your Camry and being happy. Not knocking Japanese cars as I've owned quite a few - one of my favorites yet was a supercharged G35. And my Mom gets a new Accord every new model and wouldn't have it any other way... Yep, I've owned a few VWs but your comments are WAY off base - especially based on "having a TDI in the family"... If you make silly comments on blogs and buying decisions based on CR, you are an idiot. With regard to your comments about Euro cars, you're making a fool of yourself. We have two M cars, a RR Sport SC and 911 Turbo and have had very little issues with ANY of thrm. No more than my Mom or in-laws have had with their Accords. Buy one of these, without drinking the CR Cool-Aid and you may be surprised. The R20 is a blast to drive. The TDI Sportwagen is great value for the dollar. I'll continue to stand behind my statements and support of VW. And Euro brands in general. And finally, as stated before, I think the ST is a great car.
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mostchillininsc
          Right, I am an idiot for actually consulting some research. I wonder what it is about you people who hate on CR. You all complain it's not scientific, yet how they collect their data is by asking actual owners what their experience is with their cars. You know, there is a thing call qualitative data. Some of you need to go back to college. There was also some criticism in another article discussion post that many of these CR's favored cars in reliability had more responses than others. For example, the Toyota Camry, Subaru Outback, Hyundai Sonata, etc. had over 2000 responses by owners while other cars had fewer respondents. True, it's best to have the same number of respondents for each car but here is the reality: Popular cars have more owners therefore a greater sample size to survey. MORE IMPORTANTLY, statistically, a larger sample size means greater validity in the collected data. The more samples, the more reliable the data becomes. This is like Statistics 101. Come on now. If a particular car had 2000 respondents and they said the car was reliable, then its reliability is far more valid than a car with only 500 respondents who said the car was not as reliable. It's actually impressive for a car to have a larger survey sample yet affirm it's reliable. Do you guys get this? On top of that, you then have all those people driving these reliable cars for 200,000 plus miles. I just don't hear of many Passats or Jettas with that kind of mileage, sorry. Oh, and CR does not state they are reliable. Hmmm, I wonder if there is a correlation.... You have based your opinions solely on personal experience. Sorry, but anyone with a statistical mind is going to laugh at you. It's funny that you lambasted my opinions with ignorance. You seem to miss my original point too. I never said that Euro cars like the VW GTI was junk. I even called it venerable given it was one of the original hot hatches that was the benchmark for others to follow in terms of performance. But it's just not as reliable as its competition and the data backs it up. Euro cars also cost more to fix when they do break down. Performance satisfaction is not the same as reliability. You seem to criticize my position as a car enthusiast, but I actually care about the quality, durability, and reliability of a car as well. Who cares if a car is a great performance vehicle if it's constantly in the shop. I am actually happy for you that your Euro cars served you well. Unfortunately many don't share the same experience with them and that is reflected in the data collected by places like CR.
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mostchillininsc
          mostchillinsc, I see you have favoritism for VWs, but I simply do not. I have a VW TDI in the family and the engine is great, but the rest of the car is not. Especially compared to the Japanese cars in the family. Also, VW as a brand does fairly poorly in reliability ratings. Not to mention that the GTI did above average for a year or so, but then fell back down again. The CC, Jetta, Passat, Toureg, Routan (yes, a Chrysler in disguise) all have had below average reliability in CR ratings. Currently, only the Golf holds a rating of above average (but still not the top rating of well above average). That's one out of their entire line up. For comparison, just about the inverse is true of Toyota. So about getting my facts straight: I rely not only on person experience, but the data from resources like Consumer Reports and other publications. As for you? You also compared VW to other European cars, but Europeans brands are no benchmark for reliability. Mercedes, BMW, and Audi all have rather sub-par reliability ratings as well. Porsche has even gone down recently (although their cars aren't produced in the same numbers to even be compared fairly). You seem to have luck with VWs, but that is generally not the trend. When compared to Japanese cars or even domestics, the ratings differ vastly. Even American cars have better reliability than most European brands. Then factor in the cost of parts and repair of these cars. Europeans cars are more expensive to fix on top of breaking down more. Not exactly a winning combination. Sorry, but I am going to stand with my remark of, "The VW GTI is venerable, but expensive and unreliable in usual German fashion."
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bubba_roe
        The US is not entirely made of rednecks...
      EJD1984
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd like to see the Cosworth Vega make a comeback.
      Ron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do the 'tweaks' include 4WD by any chance...?
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it's not the 2.0 ecoboost engine with a revised cylinder head with larger ports, I'd presume it's the 2.3 we'll see soon in the Mustang SVO (then the base mustang detuned) which was designed to make about 330hp stock. Then supposedly this engine may find it's way into the RS. That's the latest rumors I've heard.
        AcidTonic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        But still the RS will be FWD from everything I've heard as well..... Let's hope not. But I just bought a 2012 Evo X so I'll enjoy having no American Competition for awhile longer.
          Randy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          But you do have American competition. There are a few Neon SRT-4s still on the road. ;) jk
      john m
      • 2 Years Ago
      hhmmm.... I'd take those Cosworth parts and put them on the AWD Fusion myself. I'm not sure if the auto tranny could handle the power though. You might have to strengthen the transmission.
      maj dennis bloodnok
      • 2 Years Ago
      want! put this stuff into my st. go even more ridiculously faster!
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