Ford Focus gains NASA Spec class

Sure, the Ford Focus is getting a bit long in the tooth and we're all impatiently awaiting the arrival of the next generation car, but that shouldn't overshadow the successes of the current model. From day one, the current Focus has been lauded as a fun to drive small car. From the base model all the way up to the hot hatch SVT, the Focus has proven itself willing to hike up its side skirts and get a move on at the slightest provocation.
So it's only natural that the National Auto Sports Association has finally awarded the Focus with a racing class all its own, the Ford Focus SPEC class, for the 2006 season. The class is open to all model years and trim levels, which of course includes the SVT, but also the much more ubiquitous model with the 2.3-liter engine. Typical entrants throw about $6,000 to $10,000 into their car to prep it for competition, all for the chance to win $500 for being the best in their region or a cool grand for being the fastest Focus in all the land. Hmm... wonder if there's an Unlimited class. If so, we're showing up in this.

[Source: Blue Oval News]

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