Top Gear host and racer extraordinaire, Tanner Foust, is fixing to get a pretty sweet special-edition Ford Focus ST , thanks to its new partnership with Cobb Tuning.
The decision to build a custom-tuned version of the Focus ST Tanner Foust Edition was born from the success of the concept model that Foust first unveiled at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show. Apparently, a lot of people liked it enough that it’s gotten to the point where Cobb Tuning will be sprucing up the already appealing sports hatch.
Cobb says that it’s planning to give the special edition Focus plenty of new carbon-fiber add ons to go with a new custom grille, fancy race graphics, and a wheel and tire program. There will also be plenty of tuning and it will feature a new intercooler, intake, exhaust and suspension components, and most importantly, an ECU calibration that should drive up the Focus ST’s output to somewhere in the vicinity of 300 horsepower.
Expect the custom tuned Focus ST Foust Edition to hit Ford dealerships later this year with pricing and complete specs to be announced a little earlier.
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Tanner Foust today announces a new partnership with automotive engineering company COBB Tuning to power the Tanner Foust Edition Ford Focus ST that will go on sale this year.
Based on the success of the concept that Foust first unveiled at the SEMA show in November, COBB Tuning will produce a line of special Tanner Foust Edition aftermarket parts for the Ford Focus ST.
"COBB Tuning gave us the opportunity to bring their well respected expertise to a new platform and make a package that was very affordable to the first-time performance car buyer," said Foust.
The company will produce custom ECU calibration, intercooler, intake, exhaust, and suspension components, increasing the horsepower some 20 per cent over the stock output, to 300 horsepower, as well as making upgrades to the vehicle’s stability and handling.
"Working with Tanner on this project for the Focus ST is exciting for us," said COBB Tuning CEO Trey Cobb. "He is a driver who really understands how vehicles can best put power to the ground and that’s what helps us to develop great upgrade packages."
The Tanner Foust Edition Ford Focus ST will also feature carbon fiber aerodynamics accessories, a custom grille, graphics, and a wheel and tire package. Components will be available as a multi-stage upgrade package and sold individually. The special edition vehicle will be made available for sale through select Ford dealerships nationwide later this year, and directly from COBB Tuning.
"I’ve been a fan of hot hatches since I was a kid living in Scotland," said Foust. "This special edition Focus ST is what happens when I get to take an already great hot hatch and push its performance limits to make it exactly what I wanted as a kid and what I would like to drive on the street."
Foust draws on his sizeable experience behind the wheel in working with COBB Tuning on powertrain development for the vehicle. In addition to his work as a television personality on Top Gear USA, Foust is a top stunt driver and a Ford Racing driver who has earned national championships in rallycross and drifting.
COBB Tuning has a strong legacy with turbo-based vehicle platforms and is respected for their design, engineering, manufacturing and service. The Focus ST, which is powered by a 2.0 Liter EcoBoost engine, is a new platform for COBB Tuning.
"The Tanner Foust Edition Focus ST is the natural extension of the work we’ve been doing with Subaru, Mazda and BMW," said Cobb. "This is a great opportunity for us to help redefine the aftermarket with Ford."
Originally founded in 1999, in Rockwall, Texas, COBB Tuning is now headquartered in Austin, Texas, with tuning and service facilities in Plano, Texas, Portland, Ore., and Fountain Valley, Calif.
The company is also developing a Tanner Foust Edition Ford Fiesta ST, that is expected to debut at the SEMA show this fall. A new website, www.FoustEdition.com, featuring detailed specifications, pricing and availability, will be unveiled in April.