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"Actual" Gulf Livery Ford Focus ST is True Blue at SEMA 2013

Nov 05, 2013 - 7:29 AM - by ST2Focus
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By Mike Floyd | November 04, 2013

I had a chance today to check out the Ford stand before the #SEMA2013 show madness begins and it gave me a chance to get up close and personal with the 2013 Gulf Racing Edition Ford Focus ST, which stood out like a powder blue and orange sore thumb among the sea of Mustangs, F-150s and other cars out on the Ford stand before the SEMA show officially gets underway tomorrow. We had already previewed this special Focus ST as one of the multitude of Fords coming to the 2013 SEMA show. The car was developed by the Universal Technical Institute in cooperation with Gulf Oil and the Tjin Edition design house. If you know anything about racing then you know Gulf-liveried race cars were a common sight on circuits the world over in the 60s and 70s and this Focus ST is an homage to the cars of that era. The first thing you notice are the beastly fender flares done up by DTM Auto, which house a killer set of white Forgestar 19-inch wheels wrapped in Falken SK453 rubber. Helping complete the exterior are a carbon fiber front splitter and side skirts by Street Scene, and the flush-mounted PIAA fog lights are a slick touch at the front. Daley Visual was responsible for the unique Gulf Racing look.Augmenting the Focus ST's already potent 2.0-liter turbo and six speed manual combo are a Vortech intercooler kit, a Magnaflow center-mounted exhaust, a Motive Concepts high flow catalytic converter and a Ford Racing parts short throw shifter kit. While no horsepower ratings were given, the mods should provide a modest bump to the ST's base 252 hp. KW fully adjustable coil overs help further tune the suspension and a Baer six-piston brake kit scrubs the speed. Inside, a Katzkin, black interior with blue and orange accents and Scosche HD audio kit complete the package. Big ups to the folks at UTI and Tjin Edition, as this is one Focus ST we'd love to get rowdy with and be seen in.

Read more: Gulf Livery Ford Focus ST is True Blue at SEMA 2013 - Motor Trend
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A Tale of Two EcoBoosts (2014 Ford Fiesta ST and 2013 Focus ST)

Nov 03, 2013 - 12:45 PM - by ST2Focus
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10/25/2013 by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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With the introduction of the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST, there's a new sweet spot for hot hatches. Let's see.... The Fiesta ST undercuts the Mazdaspeed 3, Mini Cooper S and Volkswagen GTI by a couple grand and delivers good fuel economy, yet doesn't skimp on performance or agility. It's the hot hatch for the masses.

Part of what injects fun into the Fiesta ST's bloodstream is its boosted, direct-injected EcoBoost 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. Ford rates the mill at 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque. Sounds good, right?

Here's the thing. We've found that turbocharged engines can be something of a wild card when subjected to the truth-telling of a dyno test. Sometimes, the engine overachieves (looking at you, Volkswagen). Other times we find they're sensitive to heat and deliver inconsistent results.

Curious to see how the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST would fare, we headed over to MD Automotive and strapped it down to the shop's Dynojet chassis dyno.

Here's what we found:

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Well, that's rather impressive. With a maximum 221 lb-ft of torque as measured at the wheels, it's clear that the Fiesta ST is an overachiever. Boost comes on very early in the rev range, allowing it to generate at least 200 lb-ft from 2,000-4,300 rpm. From there the torque rolls away in a more or less linear fashion all the way to the 6,300-rpm fuel cut.

The Fiesta ST's power peak of 184 hp at 5,200 rpm more closely aligns with its rated number at the flywheel. Beyond the peak numbers,... [Read More]
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The October ST of the Month winner is...

Oct 28, 2013 - 1:26 PM - by wicked

First and foremost, we'd like to thank everyone who took the time to submit a photo! We had some really good entries this month but we could only pick one spooky ride!

Our ST of the month award goes to chrisparham! Congratulations on behalf of FocusST.org and RallySportDirect.com!

Stay tuned for next months contest that will be posted around the 15th!

Thanks everyone and Happy Halloween!
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2014 Ford Focus ST Takes on Different Guises for 2013 SEMA Show

Oct 23, 2013 - 4:37 AM - by ST2Focus
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Just the Facts:

•The 2014 Ford Focus ST becomes a crime fighter and a Lotus wannabe in the many different versions of the vehicle that are on tap for the 2013 SEMA Show.

•Vintage Team Lotus livery is used on a Focus ST as a tribute to Ford's longstanding involvement in motorsports.

•Drag Racing Against Gangs & Graffiti created a rally-themed vehicle for law enforcement with the Focus ST.

DEARBORN, Michigan — The 2014 Ford Focus ST can take on different personalities with ease, as evidenced by the extreme versions of the car set for the 2013 SEMA Show.

There's the Focus ST as a crime fighter and another Focus ST that mimics a Team Lotus racecar. Another version honors the best of European and North American tuning.

Drag Racing Against Gangs & Graffiti created a rally-themed vehicle for law enforcement with the Focus ST. This version gets LED emergency lights and a custom interior rifle rack. A custom paint job "makes it the perfect partner for law enforcement," according to its creators. Other details include Wilwood engineering brakes, a suspension from Eibach Springs and wheels from Motegi Racing.

Vintage Team Lotus livery is used on a Focus ST as a tribute to... [Read More]
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Ford Focus ST-H proves popular, Hertz adds another model to their fleet

Oct 23, 2013 - 4:33 AM - by ST2Focus
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Costs 90 euros a day

The Shelby GT350H Mustang is a highly-prized collectable so Ford and Hertz are looking to recreate some of that magic with the limited edition Focus ST-H.

Drawing inspiration from the Shelby GT350H and the Shelby GT-H, the Focus ST-H has a Panther Black exterior with gold racing stripes and 18-inch alloy wheels. The car also comes equipped with Recaro sports seats and the SYNC connectivity system.

Like the standard model, the Focus ST-H is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine that develops 250 HP (184 kW). It enables the hatchback to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 248 km/h (154 mph).

While the Focus ST-H has been available for awhile, Hertz has added another model to their Dutch fleet to meet the overwhelming demand. It can be rented for €90 ($123 / £76) a day.

Ford Focus ST-H proves popular, Hertz adds another model to their fleet
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FocusST.org heading to SEMA 2013

Oct 10, 2013 - 2:43 PM - by wicked

Good news! Happy to inform you that we will have presence at SEMA this year! We are going to be there from November 7th thru November 12th!

We'll be visiting a ton of vendors, and manufacturing companies. So, if you have any questions for us to ask anyone, please let us know!

Our main focus will be the Ford Focus ST and Fiesta ST!
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October 2013 Focus ST of the Month Contest sponsored by RallySportDirect.com!

Oct 09, 2013 - 12:51 PM - by wicked

We're doing things a little early this month so the the October 2013 Focus ST of the Month contest starts now! For the month of October, we're doing a Halloween theme so post the best picture of your Ford Focus ST Halloween style!

We welcome everyone including vendors to participate, however we will not pick the same winner within a 3 month period.

The contest will run for 2 weeks this month and will close on October 23rd (Wednesday), 2013 and the winner announced shortly after. Rules for entry are below:

  • The photo must be attached to a post in this thread
  • Only one picture will be allowed, so make it your best! (do not submit multiple photos)
  • You must be the owner of the Focus ST.

The winner will receive a $50 RallySportDirect.com gift card and be featured on the front page!

Looking forward to seeing your entries!
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