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2014 Ford EcoBoost Challenge --ST Performance Academy

Mar 27, 2014 - 10:15 AM - by Chadwicksracing
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2014 Ford EcoBoost Challenge Rolls into 12 U.S. Cities Starting in April for Consumer Drives of Hottest Ford Products

• 2014 Ford EcoBoost® Challenge gives consumers across America a fun and free opportunity to drive the hottest new Ford products
• This year’s EcoBoost Challenge includes a host of vehicles from Ford’s fuel-efficient EcoBoost-powered lineup – the hot Focus ST and Fiesta ST models; closed-course competitor drives feature Escape, Fusion and F-150
• Most locations to provide sneak peek at highly anticipated Ford models, including the all-new F-150 and Mustang, and new EcoBoost-powered Ford Expedition. Interested consumers can sign up at ecoboostdrive.com


DEARBORN, Mich., March 27, 2014 – Ford Motor Company is giving fans, and potential customers, in 12 cities across America a chance to get behind the wheel of its latest products with its second EcoBoost® Challenge consumer drive tour.

Kicking off April 12 in Phoenix, the EcoBoost Challenge gets consumers behind the wheel of some of Ford’s most popular vehicles on three exciting closed-course tracks, including back-to-back drives with competitor vehicles. More than 28,000 people took part in last year’s EcoBoost Challenge for a fun and free chance to test drive Ford’s hottest new cars, truck and utility vehicles.

At most events, participants will get an early look at some of Ford’s most anticipated new models, including Mustang, F-150, Transit Connect Wagon and EcoBoost-powered Expedition.

At this year’s event, EcoBoost Challenge participants can compete against the clock in a Fiesta ST, and thrill to hot laps with a professional driver in the Focus ST – letting them see for themselves what all the glowing reviews are about. Hybrid fans will have an opportunity to put the C-MAX Hybrid through its paces against the competition.

“Whether it’s our EcoBoost or electrified products, there’s no better way to experience the quality, innovation and fun of the... [Read More]
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March 2014 Focus ST of the Month Voting

Mar 25, 2014 - 2:18 PM - by wicked





You guys are really making it hard to choose finalists! So many good ones again this month! Here's the top 5 that made the cut.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to submit a photo! If you don't win or make the finals this month, you have have next month to try again!
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The February 2014 Focus ST of the Month Winner is...

Feb 28, 2014 - 3:12 PM - by wicked




This month's contest was just ridiculous! So many great entries! This month's top vote getter is none other than amairphoto! Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who took the time and submitted a photo. We'll do this again in a couple of weeks so stay tuned!
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February 2014 Focus ST of the Month Voting

Feb 25, 2014 - 1:06 PM - by wicked




This month was the most difficult by far as far as coming up with the finalists. There were some really great entries and it was really hard narrowing it down to a handful so here are the top 6 that made the cut.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to take photos! If you don't win or make the finals this month, you have have next month to try again!
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Internet, You Can Keep This Overpriced, Over-Modified, Over-Weaponized Ford Focus ST

Feb 21, 2014 - 4:15 PM - by ST2Focus
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Look normal so far? Just wait.

Ah, Cleveland, Texas. According to Google, this small city in the southeastern part of the Lone Star state is home to nearly 8000 residents, occupies 4.8 square miles, and, of course, is the current home of the modified zombie-proofed/anime-themed/red-patterned Ford Focus ST you see here. Now, we’re not sure what’s in the drinking water down in Cleveland, but perhaps this . . . one-of-a-kind Focus ST’s previous owner is importing his from south of the border.

Uh, still sort of OK . . .

Did we say previous owner? Why, yes, we did. Currently offered for sale at a dealership, this Focus ST has a heart-stopping asking price of $38,988. Never mind that this particular ST started life as a 2013 model with the mid-level ST2 option package and a sunroof for an out-the-door price of $30,230—we’re most impressed by the dealer’s gumption to assume the car’s near-7000-mile odometer and, er, “enhancements” add value. And that the dealer took this car as a trade-in in the first place. Regardless, we won’t spoil the fun, so check this ride out for yourself below.


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Bingo.

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Car & Driver FOCUS ST Long Term Test

Feb 21, 2014 - 10:18 AM - by gottligm06
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BY K.C. COLWELL, February 2014

Months in Fleet: 6 months
Current Mileage: 18,061 miles
Average Fuel Economy: 26 mpg
Average Range: 377 miles
Service: $159
Normal Wear: $0
Repair: $0
Damage and Destruction: $0 (repair pending)

TESTED

Some of you may remember our long-term 2012 Ford Focus SE and how it drifted silently into the internet abyss, never to be heard from again. The red hatchback was forced off the road and the, er, off-road incident nearly totaled it. With much to repair, it wouldn’t have replicated the new-car experience on which our 40,000-mile tests center, and so Ford agreed to a long-term review of a new Focus. This time we went with the hot-hatch ST. In red, of course.

This was before the Focus family, which had been awarded a Car and Driver 10Best trophy in 2013, fell off the list for 2014. That isn’t to say the Focus has lost its luster—there’s just a lot of good stuff out there, including the new 2014 Mazda 3, itself now a 10Bester. After all, the Focus ST is one of the cars extant that balances practicality with performance. The compact hot hatch will throw down low-six-second 0–60-mph sprints and offers plenty of cargo space for Costco runs. We’d say its the best dual-purpose car for less than $30,000, but our comparo already determined that Volkswagen’s forthcoming MkVII GTI has dibs on that title. So call the ST the second best.

In an attempt to maximize the use rate of the 252-hp ST, we opted for a fully loaded model. The base ST starts at $24,910, but lacks the optional Recaro front buckets, which we wanted. We might have selected option group 201A ($1905), which includes the high-bolstered Recaros (partially clad in leather) as well as an upgraded stereo and an automatic climate-control system, but those two-tone seats evoke images of boy-racer underbody lights from the Fast & Furious crowd. So we stepped up to the $4435 202A group, bringing navigation and monotone full-leather seats. With a set of $375 gray wheels, our ST just squeaked under the $30K mark... [Read More]
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Ford Focus ST is one hot American car packed with value

Feb 16, 2014 - 8:06 AM - by ST2Focus
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By Kevin McCauley, 2.15.14

ST stands for Sports Technologies, which neatly sums up what the new Ford Focus ST is about. After years of releasing hot Focus hatchbacks across the Atlantic, Ford has finally developed a performance-minded Focus for sale everywhere — including America.

The auto giant started with the Focus 5-door hatch and stuffed in a 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine, as well as a host of upgrades to suspension, gearbox, brakes and the exterior.

What's under the hood

The previous Focus ST, not available here, was powered by a 2.5-liter inline-five. This one has a 2.0-liter inline four, which sounds worse until you learn it makes 25 more horsepower from the lighter, more compact engine. That means the Focus ST puts out 252 horsepower and a staggering 270 lb.-ft. of torque.

Driving

Ford is very proud of the ST's handling setup, but the turbocharged EcoBoost motor is the standout of the driving experience. It goes from being a silky-smooth, "is the car still on?" sound at low RPMs on the freeway to delivering a raw surge of power when you put your foot in it, complete with a variety of entertaining spooling and sputtering sounds from the turbo. The delivery makes it feels like effortless power when you get it wound up.

In contrast to the power that swells, the brakes are responsive from the get-go — so responsive in fact that you find yourself having to adjust to their sensitivity.

With all the power going to the front wheels only, Ford has taken some drastic measures to limit the effect of torque steer, which is where the front tires can become overloaded from acceleration, a problem with powerful front-wheel-drive cars. There's a Torque Vectoring Control system, which is a brake-based system that limits the front wheels individually while cornering if necessary, and the now-ubiquitous traction-control.

The electronic power-assisted steering could offer more feel, but the overall balance and slightly loose rear-end setup feels very good. It is, above all, very fun and extremely... [Read More]
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