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New Sweeney Movie will Feature Ford Focus ST - Web Exclusive

Thanks to the Focus ST's 250hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, the criminals will always struggle to make a clean getaway.

Greg Emmerson
Nov 28, 2011

Ford's first global performance car, the Focus ST, will take center stage next year with a starring role in new blockbuster movie; The Sweeney.

Eurp 1111 01+ford focus st+cover Photo 2/5   |   New Sweeney Movie will Feature Ford Focus ST - Web Exclusive

Based on a popular British TV series from the 1970s, Flying Squad detectives Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) and George Carter (Ben Drew, aka Plan B) will lead a cast of crime-busting officers as they chase London's criminals in black Ford Focus ST cars.

Thanks to the Focus ST's 250hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, the criminals will always struggle to make a clean getaway.

Last month, special early-build Ford Focus ST models were secretly delivered to The Sweeney set, joining Ford Mondeos, Galaxys and Transit vans also being used as unmarked vehicles.

Director and co-writer Nick Love, whose prior films include The Football Factory and The Firm, said: "It was important to collaborate with Ford on The Sweeney as their legacy with the original TV show is so strong – they're the perfect partner. I like the Ford Focus ST so much, I want one!"

Ford's strong link with the 1970s Sweeney TV series saw Regan, Carter and their Flying Squad colleagues using a string of Fords such as the Granada, Consul and Cortina to make the streets of London safer.

Production company Vertigo has the use of six Ford Focus ST models during filming, which is continuing until Christmas.

Set in modern day England, The Sweeney movie also features Hayley Atwell (from Captain America), Damien Lewis (The Escapist), Steven Mackintosh (Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans) and Paul Anderson (The Firm).

The Sweeney will be edited ahead of the Focus ST going on sale in the UK in the summer, followed by the film premiere in September.

By Greg Emmerson
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