Ford Focus

Ford Focus

Of the five programs for the Ford Focus ST being readied for the 2012 SEMA Auto Show , the one being prepared by M&J Enterprises just might be the most impressive.

Nevertheless, the early returns on the M&J Enterprises tuned Ford Focus ST are quite impressive. The M&J team formulated a partnership between Ford, Cosworth LLC and Ford Racing to boost the Focus ST’s power by more than 30 percent, and torque by almost 20 percent. To accomplish this, the entire team relied on Ford Racing engine and suspension modifications combined with Cosworth specified wheels and tires to increase the output from the car’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine from 250 horsepower to 330 horsepower and about 318 lb/ft of torque.

From there, the aftermarket company added a Tangerine Scream paint finish with subtle graphics, including "Cosworth CS 330" on the sides, to signal an appreciative nod to an authentic motorsports heritage. There’s also a new aerodynamic kit that includes a vented hood, a huge rear wing, plenty of carbon fiber details on the exterior and interior, and a new set of Cosworth wheels. There’s also new suspension components courtesy of Ford Racing and as the added garnish to the pie, a number of graphic decals and stripes all over the sports hatch.

We’re getting a good dose of what Ford has in store for us at the upcoming SEMA Auto Show . We already saw their Fusion models and now they’re presenting us with five custom Ford Focus ST models to digest.

The Tanner Foust-tuned Focus was already previewed to us. Now, it’s the turn of the fine folks from Bojix Design, who, incidentally are no strangers to the lights of SEMA. Bojix Design’s Focus comes with a European flavor to it, highlighted by a two-tone black and orange color scheme with some hints of carbon fiber applications added in for good measure. These carbon fiber components can be found on various spots in the sports hatchback, particularly the roof and on the hood. There are also some graphic decals on the sides of the Focus, adding a little bit of flair to the overall program of the sports hatch.

Rounding out Bojix Design’s comprehensive program is a body kit, a new sports suspension system, and stronger brakes.

Once the home of MTV’s Pimp My Rides, Galpin Auto Sports is considered a legend in the American aftermarket scene. So when a show like SEMA rolls around, you can be pretty sure that the folks from Galpin Auto Sports will be on hand to be a big part of all the festivities.

For their program on the Ford Focus ST , Galpin Auto Sports claims that the rally-ready race car is "equally at home slinging mud or cruising the boulevard.”

Bold statements, if you ask us, but one that Galpin Auto Sports can definitely back up. The aggressive body kit, complete with a large rear wing, a roof scoop, and various other components seem to suggest that there’s a racing attitude to this bad boy. Galpin Auto Sports also added a eye-catching paint scheme, a modified coil-over suspension, a new set of green wheels and mirror caps, larger brakes, and an upgraded interior, further illustrating that their program for the Focus ST means serious business.

Last but certainly not least, Galpin Auto Sports also added a methanol injection system on the sports hatch’s 2.0-liter turbo engine, resulting in a car that’s not only fun to drive, but also looks like a rally car that can hold its own anywhere, whether its at home slinging mud or cruising down the boulevard.

After all, Galpin Auto Sports wouldn’t settle for anything else.

UPDATE 12/31/12: New photos of Galpin Auto Sports’ program for the Ford Focus ST has surfaced. Check out the updated gallery by clicking the photos below!

It looks like Focus ST will be one of the main attraction at Ford ’s stand at the upcoming SEMA Show. One of models to be displayed in Las Vegas has been specially customized by world record holder and X-Games Gold medalist Tanner Foust.

He wanted to develop a competent weekend track/canyon warrior, but also comfortable enough to endure a Southern California commute. The standard Focus ST is powered by a 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost engine that delivers a total of 250 HP, but Tanner Foust knew the car can do much better than this. So he and his crew worked on improving the car’s performances.

And even if they did not revealed any official numbers just yet, we know that the list of updates is quite impressive and includes: increased air intake, and a signature MagnaFlow exhaust add power. And because this car delivers extra performance it also receive a fully adjustable front and rear suspension for added flexibility.

If you will also add a custom body kit then you will definitely obtain the most aggressive Focus ST you have ever seen!

International Engine of the Year Awards are in and BMW Cleaned House

We have all heard of Superchips in our lifespans at some point. Well, at least us motorheads obsessed with squeezing every ounce out of our engine that we can. Superchips sells and markets vehicle ECM/ECU/PCM remapping via an installed chip. These are typically good for a few extra ponies without any major overhauling needed.

The Ford 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which recently took home the International Engine of the Year Award , really pumps out a fair amount of power (127 horsepower and 149 pound-feet of torque) for a little 3-cylinder plant. It looks like Superchips has decided that wasn’t quite enough, as it has recently released a remapping chip for the 1.0-liter Ford engine that pumps its power up to 145 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque. It does this without affecting its 56.6 mpg rating either.

This chip runs ₤499, which translates out to $713 at the current exchange rate. $713 for an 18 horsepower and 18 pound-feet increase isn’t too bad. This is especially true when considering that it has no adverse effect on the mpg.

This hits home when we consider that Ford has already told us that the 1.0-liter engine is coming to the U.S. in 2013, which will likely be in the Fiesta . Considering the Fiesta hits 60 mph in 8.7 seconds with its current 1.6-liter engine that musters 120 horsepower and 112 pound-feet of torque, dropping some weight because of a smaller engine and adding 25 horsepower and 55 pound-feet of torque will get drivers a nice bump in acceleration. That means with this upgrade, the compact Fiesta can likely hit 60 mph in around the 7-second mark, which is damn good for a compact hatch.

Now we just have to wait and see if Superchips will offer this upgrade in the U.S.

Source: Superchips

Ford is really banking on the Focus ST taking over where the Focus SVT left of in the U.S. market, and they went a rather creative way to grow its buzz even more. Ford needed a commercial introducing the ST as a performance hatchback to the U.S. market, so what better way than to set up a street race involving two Foci STs. This “street race” was held on closed roads and each car was driven by a professional driver, of course.

That was not the interesting part though, as Ford relied on customers to film the event for them. You’re reading that correctly; no camera crews, no sound team, no directors. Just two Focuses, hundreds of screaming fans and a whole bunch of cellphone cameras, digital cameras and likely a few pieces of professional equipment.

Not only is the commercial bad ass (you can see it above), but just the pure concept really got the public excited for the upcoming release of this high performance econo-hatch.

Of course, Ford did have a hand in editing the videos taken by the fans and we are certain the majority of the shots were taken by semi-professional cameramen with thousand dollar equipment, but some of them were obviously by handheld camcorders and digital cameras too.

Our favorite camera operator was a man sitting in the tree at the 0:35 mark in the video. He obviously didn’t get his shot into the commercial, but he gets a shiny gold star for effort. Good call Ford, good call indeed!

Ford Fiesta

When the head of Ford’s Special Vehicles Team (SVT) jetted for another opportunity at Volkswagen, Ford was left debating what to do with the popular RS line of vehicles, which we unfortunately have yet to see in the U.S. Up until recently, it has been pretty much a certainty that the Focus RS would simply carry on into its third generation, but according to Autocar, Ford is becoming a little indecisive since SVT’s recent shakeup.

Now Ford is starting to consider replacing the popular Focus RS with the Fiesta RS. The biggest reason for Ford’s reconsidering of the Focus RS is the fact that the newest generation of the Focus will not include a three-door hatchback, the staple body style for the RS line. The Fiesta , on the other hand, is available in a three-door hatchback in the European market, making it the obvious replacement.

It looks as if the RS might just make it to the U.S. market in this generation, as the other main part of the holdup on Ford’s decision is the fact that the U.S. market would likely prefer the larger and more powerful Focus RS over the compact Fiesta RS. That would give the U.S. market a nice group of performance compact Fords, regardless of the model it chooses. The Focus ST is already heading to the states and the Fiesta ST is in development, which will also likely come to the States. Add in the RS line and that gives us three hot Ford compacts to play around with.

We honestly think that given the recent market swing toward quick hatchback models, Ford would be best suited to get into that market early by handing the Fiesta the “RS” badge. If Ford manages to get into the hot-hatch market early enough with the Fiesta RS, it could benefit the entire Fiesta lineup in coming years.

We will continue to keep you updated on this growing story as more details emerge.

Source: Autocar

This is the kind of giveaway that can pretty much put a smile on just about everyone’s face. Rockstar has teamed up with Ford to give away one of three models as part of their "Drive like a Champion" giveaway. The winner can choose between the 2013 Ford Focus ST , the 2013 Ford Mustang GT and the 2012 Ford F-150 , and all they have to do us head over to www.rockstar69.com/drive to enter.

Entering the contest is easy too. Contestants need to choose between Tanner Foust or Brian Deegan, then choose one of the three models, type in your contact information, and patiently wait until October 15, 2012 for the winners to be announced. We wish there was some sort of virtual race to win, but unfortunately, it’s all random. Of course, you have to be a United States resident and be at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of entry to be able to enter the contest, as well as read the official terms of the contest in all of its fine print glory.

Even if you don’t end up winning one of Ford’s pride and joys, you can still win a few other prizes, including a year supply of Rockstar. That’ll get your engines revving!

Let us know which of the three models you would like to win in the comments section below! But remember, in order to be entered into the contest, you must head over to www.rockstar69.com/drive!

Source: Rockstar

After a very long wait, Ford has finally unveiled the production version of the dramatic new Focus ST at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and they’ve also announced that, next to the standard five-door model, Europeans will also be getting a station wagon version. The Focus ST is Ford’s first truly global performance car and Ford promises it will combine power with fuel efficiency and an impressive handling characteristic.

For the new model, Ford has tuned the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost engine with a redesigned intake and a new exhaust system with a unique engine calibration for a total output of 250 HP. The engine was combined with a 6-speed manual transmission which has also been specially revised for the ST.

Ford has also announced that many of the design elements seen in the Focus ST will also be used in all the future ST models. These elements include the aggressively enhanced front and rear bumpers and the addition of a rear spoiler and sideskirts, plus a unique signature color.

UPDATE 05/01/2012: All hatchback performance enthusiasts are monitoring the upcoming release of the new Ford Focus ST salivating like a pack of dogs surrounding a meaty T-bone steak. There is good reason for this excitement, as this 2.0-liter turbocharged Focus pumps out a stout 247 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, which is an astonishing 45 percent more horsepower and 83 percent more torque than the final model year of the Focus SVT (2004).

Well, the Ford Focus ST ordering books are now open and prices have been revealed. Let’s start with the base model Focus ST, which it is set at $23,700. The Ford Focus ST2 (group 201A) has a base MSRP of $26,205 minus a $120 discount and the ST3 (group 202A) has a base MSRP of $28,540 minus a $405 discount. Granted, this is all barring dealerships doing the ultimate screw-the-customer move and slapping a “Market-Based Markup” on the sticker price. Hit the jump for more pricing details!

UPDATE 07/17/12: Ford has released a new video of their highly amazing Focus ST doing what it does best: running roughshod over the race track and calling out some of its competitors. Heck, Ken Block and Tanner Foust are also in the video. Good times all around! Check it out by clicking on the photo above!

UPDATE 01/22/13: The Ford Focus ST is now available in the UK with a base price £16,995. Depending on the trim and options you avail, expect that price to go up significantly.

Hit the jump to read more about the Ford Focus ST.

So it is official, Ford has gone absolutely crazy with the EcoBoost trend, but it’s a good crazy, as the EcoBoost both lowers emissions and sharply increases fuel economy. The latest engine to spool its way into the EcoBoost lineup is the all-new 1.0-liter inline three-cylinder version. When most people think of a 1.0-liter three-banger, they tend to picture the early-1990s Metro with its concrete massaging 49 horsepower zipping it to 60 mph sometime in the next century, while driving downhill.

Fortunately, this isn’t your Metro’s three-cylinder engine. This boosted three-banger will pump out a respectable 98 horsepower on the base level and an even more impressive 125 horsepower on the top-level engine, the latter exceeding the current 1.6-liter’s output by 5 horsepower.

FEV, the leading developer for this engine, also claims that both versions of the engine will twist out 125 pound-feet of torque, which is 13 more pound-feet than the 1.6-liter engine and it saves 20 pounds worth of weight compared to the 1.6-liter.

The press release makes it a little unclear as to whether or not this new EcoBoost will be offered in the U.S., but given the fact that it mentions the 1.6-liter in a Focus , and it being offered in the C-Max and B-Max , we can assume that it will start off in the U.K., as the B-Max and C-Max are U.K. models, and the Focus only comes with the 1.6-liter in the U.K. . Granted, the C-Max is coming to the U.S., but as a hybrid model only.

With the power output of this engine, you can expect to see it making its way over here soon. The likely host for it would be the Ford Fiesta , as it is more accepted with a smaller engine. Focus buyers would generally not accept a 1.0-liter-powered model.

We will continue to keep an eye on this and let you know if Ford makes mention of it coming to the U.S. or not.

Click past the jump to read FEV’s full press release


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