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Ford Focus ST-R Read for Daytona Racing Debut - Web Exclusive

The Focus ST-R is purpose-built for the track by Ford Racing in North America as a fully prepared competition car.

Greg Emmerson
Jan 25, 2012

Before the prototypes and GT cars in the Rolex 24-hour race take to the grid, Ford Racing’s Focus ST-R will make its motorsport debut on Friday in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. It will run in the ST class of the Grand-Am 200 at Daytona International Speedway as part of the Grand-Am weekend.

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The car will be entered by Multimatic Motorsports, a Canadian-based team that has experienced past success with the Mustang FR500C and Boss 302R, and is entering a pair of Aston Martin Vantage GT4 racecars in the GS class of the same race (see separate story on the News pages at

“Having delivered the successful Mustang FR500C and Boss 302R production-based racecars, we have a process to develop such cars with Ford Racing. We employ the same approach for each – we start with the production car and go through each sub-system and change what is needed (and allowed) to provide a competitive racecar,” said Larry Holt at Multimatic Motorsports. “The direction from Ford was that this car should be as close to the production car as possible. Ford really wants to show that the Focus ST is a capable performance car.”

But don’t be fooled by its close resemblance to the Focus ST road car. The Focus ST-R is purpose-built for the track by Ford Racing in North America as a fully prepared competition car. It features a 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo engine, FIA-regulation rollcage, uprated brakes and track-tuned suspension.

The ST-R was crafted to allow it to compete in a variety of series, including Grand-Am ST, World Challenge TC and the Canadian Touring Car Series. Ford also hopes teams will race the car in key European series and major national events such as the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

“From the beginning, the Focus and new Focus ST were designed to be drivers’ cars,” said Jost Capito, director of Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsport Business Development. “The road-going Focus features best-in-class brakes, handling and powertrains and the design and functionality of the various vehicle systems have helped us to develop a global technical specification for teams wanting to race the new Focus cost effectively. Ford Racing in North America has taken this effort and developed the new Focus ST-R. It is a perfect example of how a great production car inspires a competitive race car for enthusiasts.”

The Focus ST-R will be available to order from North American Ford dealers by track-day enthusiasts, amateur racers and professional drivers alike. The car is part of Ford’s strategy to support motorsport development across its core global vehicle platforms. Ford is applying engineering and development expertise for vehicles like Focus ST-R to spur success in competition, similar to that enjoyed by the Fiesta in WRC, RallyCross and X Games.

Focus ST-R

• 2.0L EcoBoost I-4
• 250hp est.
• 250 lb-ft torque est.
• Ford Racing custom exhaust, engine calibration, high capacity radiator, clutch, oil cooler
• Remote oil filter
• 6-speed manual transmission with limited-slip differential

• Weight – 2700 lb
• Structural performance: over 20,000 lb-ft/degree (torsional)
• Seam-welded steel unibody with integrated FIA-certified safety cage

Front Suspension
• AST coilover adjustable dampers
• Adjustable camber plates
• Ford Racing sway bar with adjustable end-links
• Upgraded bushings

Rear Suspension
• AST adjustable dampers
• Control-blade multi-link rear suspension
• Ford Racing swaybar with adjustable end-links
• Upgraded bushings

• Electric steering with Ford Racing calibration

• Front: 336mm two-piece rotors with race pads
• Rear: 271mm production rotors with race pads
• Ford ABS with Ford Racing calibration

Wheels & Tires
• 18-inch BBS CF one-piece cast wheel

Fuel System
• ATL 18-gallon fuel cell with single-dry-break system

• Brake cooling ducts
• Hood pins
• Ford Racing tow hooks

• Ford Racing lightweight wiring harnesses
• Recaro Pro Racer HANS racing seat
• AiM MXL Pista GPS-based data system
• Ford Racing short throw shifter, fire suppression system, six-point safety harness, driver safety nets, steering wheel with quick-release
• Custom switch panel

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