If you haven’t already seen the “Green Car Challenge” on NBC’s the Jay Leno Show then you might want to check out Hollywood starlet Drew Barrymore making her way around the new track in a zero emissions all electric Ford Focus. In this video, Jay invites world class racing driver Justin Bell to come along and say a few words about the electric orange Focus before the host of the show takes advantage of his title and gets behind the wheel of his latest toy.
Jay Leno is the epitome of a car guy, knowing that the world’s fossil fuel supply is eventually going to run dry, he sees electric vehicles taking over on our daily commutes or for around town shopping, while our favorite gas powered cruisers will be kept for Sunday driving. There is also one other benefit from an electric car, instantaneous torque. One of the things that Jay boats about, is the Ford’s endless amount of low end torque, which is quite useful on the new back lot short track.
The unique battery powered Focus started life as a European production Focus ST, built in Germany before being delivered to Ford’s world headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, where engineers went to work, removing the traditional engine and gas tank and installing an entire electric powertrain before fitting a set of Recaro racing buckets, a full roll cage, five point racing harness and bespoke electric orange paint scheme. With a sophisticated electric powertrain, the zero-emissions Ford Focus BEV delivers nearly as much torque at the wheels as a 2010 Ford Mustang V6. It also stores enough energy to power an average household for 24 hours. Thanks in part to the battery placement, the race-ready Ford Focus BEV has a nearly ideal 50/50 weight distribution for improved racetrack handling.