Racer and Top Gear USA host Tanner Foust has partnered up with Cobb Tuning to create a special-edition Ford Focus ST. The limited-edition hatches will come packing a reflashed ECU, special intercooler, tweaked intake and freer-flowing exhaust for up to 20 percent more power than the stock creation. Cobb says that the changes should push the final dyno figure to above 300 horsepower. Buyers can also expect to find special carbon fiber aerodynamic bits on board along with a new grille, graphics and wheels. Cobb hasn't released pricing on this Tanner Foust Edition Ford Focus ST as of yet, but you can bet the whole kit won't be cheap.

Fortunately, the company will sell you bits and pieces from the overall package for your Ford, and word has it engineers are also whipping up a Foust Fiesta ST. Look for Cobb's Focus ST website to go live next month, complete with accurate specs and pricing. Until then, enjoy clicking through the gallery here. You can also check out the full press release below.
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Tanner Foust Edition Ford Focus ST now powered by COBB Tuning Special edition car on sale soon

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (March 12, 2013) -- Tanner Foust today announces a new partnership with automotive engineering company COBB Tuning to power the Tanner Foust Edition Ford Focus ST that will go on sale this year.

Based on the success of the concept that Foust first unveiled at the SEMA show in November, COBB Tuning will produce a line of special Tanner Foust Edition aftermarket parts for the Ford Focus ST.

"COBB Tuning gave us the opportunity to bring their well respected expertise to a new platform and make a package that was very affordable to the first-time performance car buyer," said Foust.

The company will produce custom ECU calibration, intercooler, intake, exhaust, and suspension components, increasing the horsepower some 20 per cent over the stock output, to 300 horsepower, as well as making upgrades to the vehicle's stability and handling.

"Working with Tanner on this project for the Focus ST is exciting for us," said COBB Tuning CEO Trey Cobb. "He is a driver who really understands how vehicles can best put power to the ground and that's what helps us to develop great upgrade packages."

The Tanner Foust Edition Ford Focus ST will also feature carbon fiber aerodynamics accessories, a custom grille, graphics, and a wheel and tire package. Components will be available as a multi-stage upgrade package and sold individually. The special edition vehicle will be made available for sale through select Ford dealerships nationwide later this year, and directly from COBB Tuning.

"I've been a fan of hot hatches since I was a kid living in Scotland," said Foust. "This special edition Focus ST is what happens when I get to take an already great hot hatch and push its performance limits to make it exactly what I wanted as a kid and what I would like to drive on the street."

Foust draws on his sizeable experience behind the wheel in working with COBB Tuning on powertrain development for the vehicle. In addition to his work as a television personality on Top Gear USA, Foust is a top stunt driver and a Ford Racing driver who has earned national championships in rallycross and drifting.

COBB Tuning has a strong legacy with turbo-based vehicle platforms and is respected for their design, engineering, manufacturing and service. The Focus ST, which is powered by a 2.0 Liter EcoBoost engine, is a new platform for COBB Tuning.

"The Tanner Foust Edition Focus ST is the natural extension of the work we've been doing with Subaru, Mazda and BMW," said Cobb. "This is a great opportunity for us to help redefine the aftermarket with Ford."

Originally founded in 1999, in Rockwall, Texas, COBB Tuning is now headquartered in Austin, Texas, with tuning and service facilities in Plano, Texas, Portland, Ore., and Fountain Valley, Calif.

The company is also developing a Tanner Foust Edition Ford Fiesta ST, that is expected to debut at the SEMA show this fall. A new website, www.FoustEdition.com, featuring detailed specifications, pricing and availability, will be unveiled in April.

ABOUT TANNER FOUST
Tanner Foust is a versatile and multi-talented driver known for his supreme car control and a proven track record of podium placements and national championships.

He is a three-time U.S. rallycross champion (2010, 2011, 2012) who has also won two X Games gold medals for rally (2007, 2010), and two Formula Drift championships (2007, 2008). He has twice represented Team USA in the annual Race of Champions, teaming with NASCAR star Carl Edwards in 2008 and Travis Pastrana in 2009. He returned to the event in 2010 as teammate to Mick Doohan on the All Star Team.

His varied race experience also includes multiple years of open wheel competition, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, rally racing, various types of sports car racing and the SCORE Baja.

When he isn't racing, the professional driver also performs in films and on television. He is an on-air host for the US version of the seminal BBC auto show Top Gear, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions and airing on the HISTORY channel.

His stunt driving includes performing as a lead driver in the Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Bourne Ultimatum, Dukes of Hazzard, Red Dawn and Iron Man 2 movies, and he also handles stunt driving in numerous popular TV shows and commercials.

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PHOTO: The Tanner Foust Edition Focus ST, powered by COBB, will be available for sale in 2013.


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      bleexeo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's see a Ford Focus ST HPE300 vs. Tanner Foust Edition Ford Focus ST review.
        Mike
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bleexeo
        Throw in the Shelby Focus ST as well. http://www.autoblog.com/2013/01/15/shelby-ford-focus-st-gt500-super-snake-detroit-2013/
        rsxvue
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bleexeo
        I would love for AB to do a tuner shootout.
          al4gg10
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rsxvue
          Yes with a budget to work with to Buy a car & then add tuner parts to see which car / tuner has the best ideas ! That would be really interesting & don't just limit the contenders to hatchbacks ! Let the Budget / Best Parts / Fastest car around a track determine the winner. A Tuner shootout !
      domingorobusto
      • 1 Year Ago
      Those wheels are PERFECT for that car. If I were to buy an ST, a set of those would be mod #1. I actually quite like the graphics. I'd never ever put them on anything I owned, but for a show car i think they look great.
        Jmaister
        • 1 Year Ago
        @domingorobusto
        aint that the same set with the PoleStar..??
        al4gg10
        • 1 Year Ago
        @domingorobusto
        Hey Domingo, Ford plans to Sell that car. Its not a Show Car. Tanner Faust has his name everywhere ... wheel hubs / Recarro seats / Side Doors somebody sure likes him enough at Ford to be the next Carrol Shelby lol.
      chest rockwell
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ditch the decals, keep the rest.
      dibbage
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like someone didnt take all the wax off the carbon side splitters in the 6th pic. I really like this, the wheels, the brakes, the power, the stance...
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes please! Just make sure to give me a decal delete option.
      Cheddar
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh, neat! A new Ford Focus Douc**bag Edition! Seriously Ford, when putting somebody's *name* on your car, make sure they've actually done something worth naming a car after them.
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        @Cheddar
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        Nowuries
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cheddar
        LOL, now who's the d-bag? But of course, you can probably drive better than Tanner too, right?
        David Donovan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cheddar
        Cheddar = tard. Got it.
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      So after all that it only goes up to 300hp at the crank, where my stock 2012 Evo X begins life? Then I just buy a $120 cable, a $200 upper intercooler *pipe*, $150 test pipe, Reflash my Ecu with EcuFlash and lay down 360hp to the *ground* which is roughly around 400hp at the motor..... Cliffnotes: American turbo 2.0 liter with new intercooler, intake, exhaust: + 50 crank hp. (250->300) Import turbo 2.0 with the stock intercooler, stock exhaust, and just changing out two small pipes yields 100 crank hp(300->400)
        domingorobusto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        They're being extremely conservative with the tune at that power level to keep a warranty on it. People in the aftermarket are getting 300 whp (~350 crank) and 340 wtq (~400 crank) out of nothing but an intake and tune (~$600) when they go with a mildly aggressive tune. So either they're under-rating what they're making or they're tuning it very conservatively to put less stress on the engine or because they think it's too much power for a FWD.
        David Donovan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        I next to never post on here anymore yet you're still on here talking about nothing but Evo's. Get a friggin life dude.
        ngiotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        So after all that your 2012 Evo puts out what my 2004 Cobra began life? $350 for a pulley upgrade and I'm at 600+hp and about the same in torque.
        Nick B
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        First off your Evo STARTS at $38k. Optioned up youre talking over $40k(LOL). Whats a Focus ST start at, $25k? So say this package costs $3K, which would be a little rediculous considering the modest power gains, youre still $10-$12K under the cost of a showroom stock Evo. You can do an awful lot of motor work for $10k. Also im sure the Cobb tuning is VERY conservative on this packagae considering you can go on their site and buy a programmer for $600, flash the stage two 93 tune and bump HP up to 295. Also, youre not getting anywhere NEAR 360awhp with just a downpipe and "ecu flash." (unless of course you can control boost yourself and you jack it up to the point youre going to blow up the turbo) While were on the subject of 'American Turbos" do a little research on a GM LNF motor. Btw, power is about more than peak numbers. I actually like the Evo X so dont think im an import basher, but your post is rediculous.
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Will they come out with a non dustbuster mouth version?
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      davebo357
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Tanner Foust is known primarily for drifting, why would he he be used to promote a front wheel drive car? He'd probably rather stick skinny tires on something with half the horsepower but rear wheel drive and just do donuts.
      PatrickH
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good luck controlling all that power through just the front wheels.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @PatrickH
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        • 1 Year Ago
        @PatrickH
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      gearheadheaven
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wanna see a ford focus st "Ken Block" edition!!!
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