The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the world great automotive gatherings. So, it was the perfect event for Ford to give the refreshed 2015 Focus ST its world debut in front of a loving public. It even surprised us with a new diesel-powered version, as well.

The Blue Oval really put its focus on making the ST a better driver for this refresh. It left its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder alone to still pump out a respectable 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The changes like a retuned front suspension, electric power steering and improved interior made the hot hatch an even better place to spend time behind the wheel.

To prove that the Focus ST is still as potent as ever, Ford set up a one-on-one race up the Goodwood Hill. But instead of putting the two cars side-by-side, former Stig from Top Gear UK, Ben Collins, piloted the real model up the course, and his rival drove the virtual version in Gran Turismo 6. The two hot hatches set off at the same time to see whether reality could beat the virtual world, and the finish was actually extremely close. Scroll down to watch the video and find out the winner of this battle at Goodwood.


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      carguy1701
      • 5 Months Ago
      "The Blue Oval really put its focus on making the ST a better driver for this refresh." "The changes like a retuned front suspension, electric power steering and improved interior made the hot hatch an even better place to spend time behind the wheel." And yet they couldn't be arsed to put in a real limited slip.
      Haelphadreous
      • 5 Months Ago
      Dear Ford, put the 2.3l Eco Boost from the Mustang, and an AWD system for around $30,000 and we will talk.
        Arturo Rios Jr.
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Haelphadreous
        The RS in Europe was making 300 hp. AWD would be nice.
        Number23
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Haelphadreous
        AWD = More weight and complexity. Seriously, Ford will sell you a 300hp EcoBoost Mustang, but you don't want it because Ford won't make it 200lbs heavier?
          Haelphadreous
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Number23
          I didn't say that, I will likely go out and test drive the Eco Boost Mustang at some point. Having said that, I was asking for the 2.3l and AWD in a Focus, which would still weigh less than the Eco Boost Mustang, and it would also be a compact hatchback which is a segment I find really attractive.
      Andre Neves
      • 5 Months Ago
      Patiently waiting for a Fiesta RS
        xspeedy
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Andre Neves
        I don't think there will be one. The RS looks to be a Focus.
        AnalogJesse
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Ford isn't going to make a $30k performance Fiesta.
        aatbloke1967
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Andre Neves
        I'd be surprised if Ford will ever offer another Fiesta RS for the foreseeable future. The market's changed considerably in the past decade.