Vaughn Gittin, Jr. are two of the masters of artistically abusing automobiles, so you know a video with both men in it is going to be a good one. In the fourth installment of the Focus ST Sessions series from Ford, Gittin and Block are given the keys to a 2013 Focus ST and a Volkswagen GTI, and then let loose in an abandoned neighborhood.

While the stunts in this video are nowhere near what either man is capable of performing in their respective racecars, it is essentially a two-minute-long Ford commercial showing the Focus ST's advantages over VW's standard bearer for the hot hatch class. The two cars tear through the deserted streets, allowing the Focus ST to show its strong off-the-line acceleration and slaloming ability through some construction barrels.

It's a pretty predictable video but still amusing to watch, so be sure to check it out below.


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      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why does an entire neighborhood sit abandoned? Radiation? Zombies?....And where is it?
      banstaman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well to be fair, VW's 2.0T engine in the GTI has been around for quite a while now, as is the case with the current platform, which has ran two generations, both the MKV and MKVI. We will have to wait for the MKVII GTI until this becomes a fair comparison, but that's how advertising works, right? Both are great vehicles, in my opinion.
      Master Austin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does anyone know this neighborhood? They do not look old at all...is this like some "Love Canal" type of neighborhood where everyone fled? They are even closed in behind a cheap chain-link fence?
        Gubbins
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        It's a former military housing development in San Pedro CA. The property was sold off (or is in the process of being sold off) by the Feds. There's been talk of demolishing all the houses and developing it--in the meantime it's been a movie set for many producers!
          my2kchild
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gubbins
          For reference: https://maps.google.com/maps?client=safari&q=USS+Princeton,+Los+Angeles,+California+90731&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF8&hl=en&authuser=0&ct=clnk&cd=1&geocode=FYhhAwId0d3y-A&split=0
      Friedduck
      • 2 Years Ago
      My g/f has a GTI and it's a great car. Way more fun to own than my cooper S from a few years ago. That said I want a spin in the ST. Sounds like they have more of the Cooper dynamics without the headaches of actually owning it. Oh and a 50hp bump can't hurt. Don't write off the GTI. The powertrain is sorted. Smooth and torquey for a turbo, and I'd take it over the WRX any day.
      muspod
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool cars...But, Whats with the abandoned neighborhood?!
        4gasem
        • 2 Years Ago
        @muspod
        It's probably the one that the government used for the armed forces and closed. Mythbusters uses one sometimes. I personally LOVE this new ST. Just imagine what the aftermarket will make for it. It'll be an even HOTTER hatch!
          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          @4gasem
          I thought so too until I watched it. I don't think it's that one. That one is right here, and it doesn't have that kind of building nor any turnaround loops at all. http://goo.gl/maps/cIqIo
        Mercer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @muspod
        Housing bubble in Vegas.
      Randy915
      • 2 Years Ago
      The MKVI is a 5 year old car, I can't wait to see the MKVII GTi against the ST; that would be a great match.
      Jaclock LaGlock
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know what they were going for with this vid but really, this type of scenario would have been more fun to watch play out with RWD vehicles.
      Anubis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok but get rid of the obnoxious soundtrack.
        MikeInNC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Anubis
        It's not a soundtrack. That obnoxious music actually comes out of Ken Block's pores.
      Paul
      • 2 Years Ago
      The GTI's plaid seats are f'ing awesome, especially to anyone who loves the original GTI. Kind of a stupid thing to pick on.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone who would get a Focus over a GTI doesn't know much about cars.
        jonnybimmer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KAG
        Care to expand on that? I mean, if it were my money, I'd still most likely go for the GTI, but the Focus is hardly a bad car. I just don't like the Focus's front mouth (and I'm a sucker for VW's plaid interior).
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KAG
        Anyone who would get a Golf over a Focus ST doesn't know much about cars.
      carnut0913
      • 2 Years Ago
      reliability? I'll take the Focus over a VW anyday. upclass? I'll take anything over plaid cloth seats. Radio? I'll take anything over the base radio I had in that rental Focus last week. YIKES! where's a scan button dude? a tuner knob? Someone has to fix that. I'll still take the ST over the GTI.
        Rotation
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carnut0913
        The tuning is odd. You go to radio and then hit the tune soft button and a tiny tuning dial comes up. That radio is tough to use at times. It's very weird the soft button labels are so far from the actual buttons they go with. Those multifunction buttons are the lowest ones on the radio cluster. And the info one, doesn't work half the time anyway.
      P54
      • 2 Years Ago
      FORD got second to last spot in CR reliability ratings.
        biopsea
        • 2 Years Ago
        @P54
        I have never met an individual who considers CR when making a purchase. Their testing parameters are antiquated and biased. Ford "ranks" low due to the myford touch. While i cant disagree the system has been plagued with some bugs, it's far from making Fords unreliable.
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