Ford Focus

Ford Focus

Look at all of the Ford Focus models headed to SEMA and we’re not going to blame you if your head starts to spin. We understood the whole point of a show like SEMA, but all the Focus models that will be in attendance - seven in all - will be tuning heaven for fans of Ford ’s sports hatchback.

COBB Tuning is one of the aftermarket companies that worked on the Focus, and they’re bringing a program that’s as extensive - maybe even more - as any of the other Focus models.

Called the ’Motorsports Challenger Focus’, the COBB-tuned Focus features a carbon fiber hood, a redesigned front bumper, and a large rear wing on the exterior. As far as performance modifications are concerned, the Focus the following items: a custom turbo kit mated to a new exhaust manifold, a front-mounted intercooler, intake, and airbox set-up, Cosworth forged pistons.

The Focus’ chassis was also upgraded, courtesy of a StopTech Trophy big brake kit, an Eibach Multi-Pro R2 coilover suspension, and COBB Tuning’s own suspension bushings.

The improved performance numbers have yet to be announced, but you can definitely expect a significant increase in power for the Blue Oval’s popular sports hatchback.

Of the seven Ford Focus models that were displayed at the SEMA Auto Show , picking one as our favorite is like picking what kind of beer we like the best. There are plenty of great choices that makes singling one out next to impossible.

But if we HAVE to choose one, we’d find it extremely difficult to bypass ID Agency’s Ford Focus.

According to the ID Agency, their work on the Ford Focus was inspired by European and Japanese tuning styles, highlighted by an olive paint finish, a Wraptivo-wrapped roof, a Ford Licensed Accessory Thule bike rack with a Custom Leader bike, a set of Recaro Sportster seats and an interior dressed up by Top Stitch. To go with the aesthetic modifications done on the sport hatch, the ID Agency also made some performance upgrades of its own, including the installation of a new Magnaflow cat-back exhaust and an enormous big brake package courtesy of no less than Brembo Brakes.

If you wanted to be technical about all the modifications, it appears that the ID Agency-tuned Focus isn’t as extensive as its counterparts. But in terms of sheer awesome looks, this one is on a league of its own.

UPDATE 11/07/2011: We have added live images from the 2011 SEMA Show. Check them out in the picture gallery!

The armada of Ford Focus models headed to SEMA is nothing short of overwhelming. A total of seven Focus models - you read that right: seven! - are set to be unveiled, offering a wide variety of choices and options for the Blue Oval’s sports hatchback.

One company that worked on their own tuned-up version of the Focus is Steeda. As a veteran of Ford tuning since 1979, Steeda knows a thing or two about working on Ford performance vehicles and they’re bringing all that experience and expertise on the new Focus with comprehensive aerodynamic and performance modifications.

Among the modifications the Ford tuner gave to the Focus include a new Steeda cold-air intake with Cool Tube technology, a new rear swaybar, a front tower brace, and new lowering springs that improves the Focus’ overall performance capabilities. On top of that, the Focus also received a 3dCarbon body kit, a G-Track front end brace, underhood billet aluminum-appearance items, and a new set of 19" HRE P43S Monoblock wheels wrapped in Nitto NT05 performance tires.

For a tuning firm that can boast of having over two decades of Ford tuning experience, Steeda’s work on the Ford Focus certainly does their reputation justice.

3D Carbon is one of the tuners with a very impressive presence at the SEMA Auto Show in Las Vegas. Their cooperation with Ford Motor Company is quite impressive and over the years we have seen some pretty cool update package. This year their attention will be focuses on a smaller model: Ford Focus . Maybe this is the tuner’s way of telling that with the right updates any car can get cool.

Their upgrade package is a "standout style statement" and includes: 3M satin wrap, smoked windows and race red accents to bring the car’s more edgy side to life. Next to these the Focus has also received an impressive 3D Carbon body kit and Sticky Fingers racing stripes. On the functional side, a 3dCarbon upper roof spoiler, Eibach springs and Pirelli tires offer an aerodynamic and handling boost.

More details on the performance updates will be revealed on November 1st. Stay tuned!

A lot of people might not know this but the new Ford Focus has will only be making its debut at the SEMA Auto Show this year. That’s probably why Ford decided to roll out a fleet of Focus models to the event, all of which were tuned by a different aftermarket company.

One of the Focus models scheduled to attend SEMA comes by way of Bojix Design, which is no stranger to modifications on the Focus after already boasting of a number of programs for the sports hatch.

For the SEMA-bound model, Bojix decided to add a little European flair to the car, complete with an aggressive styling that includes a Bojix body kit, a 3dCarbon upper roof spoiler, a set of 20" Rennen M10 wheels on the exterior. As far as the interior is concerned, the changes come in the form of Katzkin leather seating surfaces and door panels, Alcantara-covered surfaces, and a new Accele rearview mirror that features a panoramic view.

In addition to the Focus dress-up, Bojix Design also gave some technical improvements, including a chassis that comes with a new H&R Sport Springs lowering kit, Bojix rear cross-drilled rotors, and an AP Racing big brake kit.

The second customized Ford Focus to be displayed at SEMA Show next to the Focus by ROUSH Performance comes from Capaldi Racing. Their package includes significant engine upgrades and an impressive aerodynamic package.

For the engine upgrades the tuner s offering: a Borla cat-back dual-outlet exhaust, Ford Racing Performance Parts Torsen differential, Green Filter custom intake, AST Sport-Line suspension and Ford Racing Performance Parts-tuned sway bars. However, the tuner did not revealed the final specs for their car, but you should expect great numbers considering all the changes they have made.

Next to the engine upgrade the tuner is also offering a pretty impressive exterior package. It include Visteon European Focus headlamps with HID and LED technology and Capaldi Racing front splitter and dual-outlet insert. And while all we have at this point is a teaser image, we have to admit we really enjoy the gray and orange combination used for the upgraded Focus.

Usually when you say "Roush Performance" you automatically think about a customized Mustang. But the tuner has decided is time to do things a little bit different. So, at this year’s SEMA Show the tuner came with a customized Focus just as a proof that than can customize any car in the world.

The most impressive job has been made under the hood. n here Roush has used a 2.0 liter supercharged engine equipped with a ROUSH TVS 900 ROUSHcharger. This helped the engine to deliver an impressive 230 HP and 210ft.lbs of torque.

Next to the engine updates Roush is also offering a pretty impressive package for the exterior including: a Roush front fascia grille inserts, chin splitter and custom graphics. Sherwin-Williams custom matte paint and Ford Genuine Accessories roof spoiler also help it stand apart from the crowd.

Updated 11/01/2011: This review has been updated with full specifications, images and details.

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Ford Capri

At the end of 2010, Ford’s Design boss, Martin Smith, stated that the company was on the verge of creating new and exciting products to build on their already successful model lineup. The new ideas behind these products were brought to life at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show with the Ford Evos Concept and in continuation of Smith’s laid out plan, we think this concept was just a preview of the future revival of the Capri name.

The model name Capri was used by Ford for three different generation models: one from 1961 to 1964, one from 1969 to 1986, and another one from 1989 to 1994. The future Capri will be a coupe version of the current generation Ford Focus that will also give birth to a convertible model down the line. J Mays, the company’s chief designer, states that there is enough room at the front of the Evos Concept to fit one of Ford’s 4- or 6-cylinder engines, so we expect the future Capri to be toting one of those options. It may even come packing the new Ford Focus ST’s 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine delivering 247 HP.

Expect to see the new Ford Capri in 2012 with a starting price of about $30,000.

One of the big models unveiled on Ford ’s booth for the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show was the Ford Focus ST , but in the ST’s shadow is the race-tweaked, production-based Focus ST-R. The Focus ST-R is purpose-built for the track by Ford Racing in North America and will be available for racing teams soon.

The production based Focus ST-R features stock body panels and production parts where possible. The company is insistent that it is a fully-prepared race car that will only need communications equipment and decals to head to the track.

"We’re thrilled to be taking the Focus ST-R from concept to reality for motorsport enthusiasts initially in North America and potentially around the world," said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. "The previous turn-key race cars we developed for North American racing have been hugely successful, so we are hopeful that the ST-R will be the first such vehicle for global series and as a direct result of the company’s global platform strategy and our technical support program for motorsport applications of Focus and Fiesta models."

UPDATE 11/07/2011: The Focus ST-R made its North American debut in Las Vegas at the 2011 SEMA Show, giving us the perfect opportunity to get some fresh images of the vehicle. Check them out in the picture gallery!

UPDATE 12/15/11: Ford has officially announced the pricing details of the race-spec Ford Focus ST-R and we must advise those that are interested in the car: hold on to your drinks, fellas. The Focus ST-R has been priced at $98,995. Wow.

UPDATE 01/20/12: Global RallyCross Champion and founding member of the Octane Academy Tanner Foust spent a day at Homestead-Miami Speedway last week testing the racing prototype Focus ST-R. Check out the video of his experience!

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Ford Focus Electric

Ford had big plans for the roll out of its 2013 Ford Focus Electric , which had been set to launch in 19 markets by the end of 2011. Instead, Ford will introduce the car in just the New York and California markets by the end of the year. The automaker didn’t elaborate, but limiting the release is a better way to monitor customer satisfaction and product issues than undergoing a simultaneous launch in 19 cities. Perhaps Ford is also testing the waters for EV demand, since sales of both the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf have thus far failed to live up to the pre-launch hype.

The remainder of the original Focus Electric launch markets, located from coast to coast, have been told to expect the car to launch next spring. We suppose that depends upon the success of the Focus Electric launches in California and New York, as well as the overall consumer interest in the car. Like the Nissan Leaf, the Ford Focus Electric is a battery powered EV with no range extending generator (like the Chevy Volt or the Fisker Karma ). It features a 23 kwh, temperature-stabilized lithium-ion battery pack that should provide a range of up to 100 miles, making it range-competitive with the Leaf. Ford has yet to release pricing, but we expect the Focus Electric to be priced on par with the Leaf.

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