A lot of Ford’s SEMA -bound vehicles come with their share of aesthetic and performance upgrades. But you can argue that none come with the kind of visual appeal as the Ford Focus ST that was worked on by Universal Technical Institute.
Thanks to some help from the folks over at Axalta, UTI’s decision to dress up this Focus ST with a vintage Gulf Racing livery speaks to our inner racing enthusiast. There’s something about that recognizable blue and orange livery that just tugs at our strings and its no different then than it is now.
Moving past the Gulf Racing colors, the UTI team also sought the help of Neil Tjin of Tjin Edition to create and design the Focus ST’s exterior look. Once that was taken cared of, the car’s body kit was built by DTM Autobody while the 19-inch deep-concave Forgestar wheels were also added into the car, creating a more track-oriented look that adds more appeal to the sports hatchback’s already impressive looks.
Under the hood of this UTI-tuned Focus ST, an intercooler kit was installed by Vortech Superchargers with Motiv Concepts taking care of the high-flow catalytic converter. Taken together, this Focus ST sees a significant power boost, although the official numbers have yet to be announced.
Either way, this Focus ST is really one for the books. That’s how much love we have for that Gulf Racing livery.
Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Focus ST
The Ford Focus ST is a true performer on four wheels, capable of incredible power out of its hood to go with a design language that really sets it apart from other Focus variants. The deep body kit, redesigned bumpers and fascias, a big wheel package, a vented rear spoiler and the rear exhaust pipe are a big part of the sports hatch’s design. But none are more distinctive than the ST-exclusive nose design that sets the performance model apart from base five-door and sedan Focus models.
Under its hood, the Focus ST is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, allowing the sports hatch to hit 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds to go with a top speed of 155 mph.
Focus ST gets vintage Gulf Racing livery in performance makeover
- Ford Focus ST sports vintage Gulf Racing scheme with Axalta paint and custom flares by DTM Autobody
- Nineteen-inch Forgestar wheels wrapped in Falken tires
- High-performance modifications to the chassis like Baer brakes and a KW suspension kit
The rich history of Gulf Racing from the 1960s and 1970s inspired Universal Technical Institute to create a vintage look for a modern rally-based 2014 Ford Focus ST. The team joined forces with Neil Tjin of Tjin Edition to design the exterior look using the recognizable blue and orange livery of Gulf Racing. This Gulf Racing Focus has custom dual-side exhausts exiting from an intercooler kit by Vortech Superchargers and a high-flow catalytic converter from Motiv Concepts that gives the driver more ponies. Nineteen-inch deep-concave Forgestar wheels wrapped in Falken tires help make this Gulf Racing Focus ST a track star for the street.