When Ford Europe announced the Ford Focus ST mountune , we couldn’t help but envy the European car buyers. In fact, we went so far to say "Europeans get all of the automotive fun." Well, we can now eat our words, as mountune has just announced that it will expand its Ford partnership to the U.S. later this year.
What makes the transition to the U.S. very easy for mountune is the fact that it is headquartered in Southern California. This means that you don’t have to worry about crazy tariffs and shipping fees by buying components from overseas.
Mountune stated that a new U.S. website will hit the web later in 2013 and that buyers can purchase parts direct from Ford Racing, mountune’s website or any other authorized mountune dealers. We’ll keep tabs on this topic and let you know once the site goes live. We certainly hope that this expansion will bring a Focus ST mountune to U.S.-based Ford dealers.
Click past the jump to see what mountune did to the Focus ST
Moutune’s latest project was to take the Focus ST to task and pulling more than the base 250 PS (246 horsepower) and 360 Nm (265 pound-feet) of torque from the turbocharged four-banger is a pretty tall task. mountune did just that by offering a kit that includes a cast-alloy inlet duct, a high-flow sports air filter, a larger intercooler, and an ECU recalibration.
This tune pushes the Focus ST to 275 PS (271 horsepower) and 400 Nm (295 pound-feet) of torque. This pushes the Focus ST to 60 mph to under 6 seconds — down from 6.5 seconds — for a base price of just £1,225 ($1,852).
gallery: Ford Focus ST Mountune
mountune announces USA expansion to cater for growing demand in both road and race car sectors
- US-based facility will act as distribution hub for mountune’s high performance and racing components
- Customer service and support available in local time zone(s)
- Facility capable of supporting expanded race and rally programs
Ford’s official European tuning partner and race-winning engine builder, mountune has today announced the expansion of its road car and race engine performance division into the USA.
mountune LLC, situated in Southern California, is ideally located to serve all of the USA as well as Pacific Rim countries, with the operation including distribution, rolling road, machine room and engine-building facilities.
Heading up the US operation is Ken Anderson. A man with extensive industry expertise, including an impressive track record with Cosworth in the USA building their aftermarket and racing parts business; “We’re really excited to have Ken onboard with us and know he’s the right person to be leading this expansion for us”, says mountune UK founder and Technical Director, David Mountain.
Keen to emphasise the demand, Anderson enthuses; “Global enthusiasts and racers alike have been eager to experience mountune performance. We’ve responded to our fans and customers and with the launch of mountune LLC, a full range of products will be available to support their requirements”
I’m pleased to be part of the mountune team. The company’s level of engineering and attention to detail coupled with motorsport DNA provides a robust foundation to support the development of a unique array of products. Customers located in the Americas and Asia will now enjoy easy access to mountune quality as we ramp up our sales and distribution support”, he adds.
The US has typically ’missed out’ on the plethora of European ST and RS-badged vehicles. Now, for the first time Ford’s global one car strategy means that enthusiasts in the USA can finally enjoy the exact same models, and the performance parts developed for them by mountune.
“As Ford’s official tuning partner in Europe, combined with an impressive array of market-leading parts already under our belt, nobody is better positioned to bring engineered expertise in upgrading and tuning Fiesta, Focus and other Ford platforms to the enthusiasts of the USA”, says David Moore, Marketing Manager, mountune.
mountune LLC’s machine shop in action
mountune’s impressive racing heritage stretches back more than 30 years and this expertise in building race-winning engines and engineering high-end components is also to be offered to US customers through mountune LLC, as David Mountain explains; “We’ve had a lot of success with our engine’s in the Global Rallycross Championship OMSE / Ford Fiesta’s and latterly with the complete fleet of Super Car Lites – it’s all predominantly based in America and we want to grow and build on this success in other disciplines”.
Extending on the European relationship with Ford, mountune and Ford Racing will collaborate on selected products, many of which will benefit from a Ford Racing warranty when installed via their Ford dealer network.
A purpose-built US website will debut later this month to facilitate the purchase of high performance and race components directly from mountune in California, alternatively mountune parts will be available via selected authorized mountune dealers.