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Is JDM Dead? Some signs point to yes and a strong growing USDM

May 06, 2014 - 12:20 AM - by ST3 4 ME

IS JDM DEAD?

In 1966, Time magazine ran a cover with nothing more than their logo and the question “Is God Dead?” The cover went on to become one of the top 40 magazine covers of all time. Its success was rooted in the fact that everyone wanted to know why Time would ask such a blasphemous question. Fast forward to 2013 and now DSPORT is asking an equally blasphemous question to its die-hard and fanatical readership...Is JDM Dead?

THE END OF JDM

There are many signs that the end of days is upon us. A few Japanese car manufacturers have given up on performance, domestic sport compact offerings are getting better and even the most sacred grounds are opening up to domestics. Honda hasn’t built a vehicle with a soul since the S2000, Mitsubishi’s EVO X looks to have no replacement and Mazda, which the strongest advocate of motorsports participation, is in dire need of a halo performance vehicle. Conversely, the Focus ST is building a cult-like following and even GM and Chrysler seem to have an interest in forced-induction solutions. As for crossing onto sacred ground, one needs to look no further than the sport of drifting. While drifting was once populated solely by Japanese vehicles, times have changed. Not only are the number of domestics in competition on the rise, but the number of import vehicles sporting LS-engine swaps is on the rise. JDM is dead.


read more @ IS JDM DEAD? | DSPORT Magazine #129
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The April 2014 Focus ST of the Month Contest Winner is...

Apr 29, 2014 - 1:18 PM - by wicked






Congratulations to grungie* on winning this month's Focus ST of the Month Contest! Getting a little under 40% of the votes is just awesome!
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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[WINNERS] Focus ST License Plate Frames

Apr 28, 2014 - 1:37 PM - by Justus

Ladies and gentlemen we have our five (5) randomly drawn winners who won the Official FocusST.org License plate frame giveaway!! Before announcing out winners we'd like to extend another thank you to Mesathreads for sponsoring this very cool giveaway and we'd also like to thank everyone who entered. Thank you!! With over 310 entries this was a pretty epic contest and we do use a random generator to chose our winners folks.

Lets move on to our winners shall we? The five (5) lucky winners are:

#253 rserra89
#25 Primo
#5 AutosForLife
#168 Flagstang
#263 PiratesLIFE4ME

Congratulations to our winners!!!

Until next time folks, thank you for making FocusST.org the premier source for everything Ford Focus ST!!
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Going to school in the 2014 Ford Focus ST

Apr 26, 2014 - 5:54 AM - by ST2Focus
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Henry Payne, April 24, 2014

Ford racing academy tutors students on sporty ST's high-octane excellence

ST Octane Academy. Ford performance school, founded 2014.

Classroom: Miller Motorsports Park, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Spring semester curriculum: Racing 101, Professor Ken Block.

Course description: Students will master handbrake turns and high-G handling in a Ford Focus hot hatch, then apply in an urban autocross and 2.2-mile race course environment.


If all schools were this much fun, we would never leave.

The academy is open to buyers of Ford STs — the sport models of the popular Focus and Fiesta sedans. Tuition is free. Room and board extra. The school is both a perk for ST buyers and an opportunity to bond with their new steeds in an extreme track environment. As an embedded journalist, my participation in the academy was a chance to explore the limits of the 2014 Focus ST — the turbocharged, 252-horsepower Tasmanian Devil that has been terrorizing imports since its introduction as a 2013 model.

Like the SVT (Special Vehicle Team) badge that graces muscle-bound Mustang Cobras and F-150 trucks, ST (Sport Technologies) brings performance to Ford’s compact lineup. It’s a savvy move for a number of reasons: 1) It adds a sports halo to the Ford brand, 2) lures top engineering talent to the company, and 3) attracts motor head missionaries that will proselytize Ford to the unanointed.

“This car is a gateway drug,” said new convert Matt Anderson, a professor at West Virginia University who attended the academy after buying an ST. “I loved it so much I wanted to learn more about racing it.”

Bored with his Volvo, Anderson’s eye wandered last year to the asphalt-chewing, hot hatch Mazdaspeed3. But while cruising Mazda owner forums, Anderson found online missionaries recommending the Focus ST.

“I had never considered a Ford before,” he said. “I knew Ford by the stereotype of not very good quality. But the Focus was... [Read More]
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April 2014 Focus ST of the Month Contest Voting

Apr 25, 2014 - 12:02 PM - by wicked




We got another good turnout this month and here's the top 5 that made the cut! Vote for your favorite! Poll will close in 3 days.

Thanks to everyone who participated and if you didn't make the finals or win this month, you can give another crack at it in a couple of weeks!
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[GIVEAWAY] Focus ST.org License Plate Frames

Apr 22, 2014 - 1:13 PM - by Justus

Ladies and gentlemen!! Boys and girls!! Let's get ready to giveawayyyyyyyyyy............some Focus ST.org swag courtesy of MesaThread.com!! We are giving away five (5) Official FocusST.org license plate frames to five (5) randomly drawn winners for those who want to represent the largest, most active and best Ford Focus ST site on the internet. We are going to make this one easy to enter folks. To enter:

  • In the comments section post "Thank you MesaThreads!"

And? That's it! A simple "Thank you MesaThreads!" enters you into the contest. As always, ONLY ONE ENTRY PER MEMBER.

The giveaway will close on Monday April 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm Central where five (5) lucky winners will be randomly drawn and announced later that day.

Please be sure to visit Mesathread's vendor section for some more great swag. Good luck everyone!!!!!
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2015 Focus ST spotted testing

Apr 17, 2014 - 2:20 PM - by SVTRondogg


The Fusion-inspired facelift for the lesser Foci have already been revealed, but the shooters at KGP Photography have a new batch of shots of the overhauled ’15 Focus ST's front fascia. Behind the camouflage, there are signs of a more aggressive nose for the new ST, with some new angular flares intermingling beneath a version of Ford's corporate grille. The new face, which also shows a new chiseled and stepped chin spoiler design, will get a little more edge compared to the current ST's front fascia.

The prototype is also disguised at the rear, but those changes are expected to be closely related to the facelift already revealed. The ST's central rear exhaust is changed to a single pipe on this prototype, although this treatment is there most likely for simple testing reasons. Exhaust tips similar to the current ST are expected.

The nose on this Focus ST prototype likely provides something of a preview of the frontal treatment that will be applied to an even hotter Focus variant—the long-awaited Focus RS. While the RS has always been forbidden fruit for U.S. customers, we have heard many insider reports that the next Focus RS is expected to reach American showrooms in much the same state of tune given to the European market.

Spy Shots?2015 Ford Focus ST Revamped Prototype | Specialty Equipment Market Association
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