While some may view the headline as strange, it’s true. European car took delivery of a Ford Focus ST hatchback and has been hard at work to realize the rendering you see before you.
To say we weren’t a little giddy watching it come of the delivery truck would be an understatement. Let’s face it; America has been playing catch up in the hot hatch market, which has dominated Europe for decades.
After Ford released the Focus RS500 to a European only market, Americans snapped out of their muscle car coma and were begging the Detroit executives to bring it or something like it over. The Focus ST is the beginning of what we hope to be a wonderful new relationship between Ford and hatchback performance seekers.
We teamed up with LTMotorwerks and FSWerks to realize the true potential this car was capable of. FSWerks developed a full 3 in. exhaust system, downpipe, cold-air intake along with upper and lower front braces.
LTMotorwerks is busy in the shop making sure everything comes together. That includes the wider fenders, body kit, interior trim and fabrication; not to mention stripping the car down and spraying Porsche 911 GT3 RS grey black for that pure motorsports look we were after.
Inside you will find a set of Recaro Sportster CS seats and a healthy selection of interior trim pieces given extra attention to transform the car from factory delivered to tuned and immaculate. Including leather inserts and alcantara headliner.
We decided on a set of Privat Kup wheels measuring 18x8.5” front and 18x9.5” rear will be wrapped in Falken FK453 rubber (225/35, 255/30 ZR 19 respectively). Behind our new wheels you’ll find a larger StopTech brake upgrade. Making sure everything sits nicely under the pulled fenders, H&R Ultra Low coilovers will be installed.
Other parts include a Versus Motorsports carbon fiber hood with SCC Performance Focus RS hood vents, Steeda Rear sway bar, SFS silicone hose kit, Forge Motorsports blow-off valve, wastegate and front-mount intercooler and last but not least the Superchips software upgrade.
To get a personal impression of the vehicle, be sure to drop by the Ford booth October 30th-November 2nd.