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2016 Ford Focus RS Spied Almost Undisguised

Jun 26, 2014 - 1:23 PM - by ST2Focus
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Even though the facelifted Ford Focus ST will be unveiled this very weekend at Goodwood, the Blue Oval's skunkworks team isn't resting on its laurels just yet. For the first time ever, our spy photographers managed to spot a prototype of the upcoming 2016 Ford Focus RS doing hot laps on the Nurburgring.

Compared to the mildly hot Focus ST, the RS is something like a ferocious wild animal that doesn't feed itself with gazelles, but winding strips of tarmac. And like some wild animals, the RS-badged Focus has been extinct for the better part of four years now. Since then, Ford hasn't really filled the empty space left by the former generation Focus RS, that culminated with the manic 345 horsepower RS500 variant.

Regardless of how, the wait will soon come to an end according to some reports and solid proof as well. Some voices hint that we'll get a new Ford Focus RS as early as this October (at the 2014 Paris Motor Show), while the solid proof is represented by the multiple times our carparazzi spied test mules of the damn thing. With the latest batch of pics provided, it looks like the upcoming Ford Focus RS is already in prototype chassis testing stage.

Yes, the body shell and exhaust tips are more or less ST, but some tell-tale signs don't lie: that big rear wing, those ginormous air intakes, the reworked front fascia design. Even the suspension on this prototype RS is slightly lower the Focus ST, while body roll is kept to a minimum round the tight bends of the Ring.

Ford is definitely preparing something... [Read More]
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Vote Now! - June 2014 Focus ST of the Month Contest

Jun 25, 2014 - 2:34 PM - by wicked

Another month, another great turnout! Thanks to everyone who took the time to submit a photo but here are the top 5 that made the cut!

Please vote for your favorite! The poll will close in 3 days and winner announced shortly after.
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Ford to replace 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine after just 4 model years

Jun 24, 2014 - 6:14 PM - by suss6052
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Richard Truett, Automotive News, June 24, 2014 -

In an unusual move, Ford Motor Co. is phasing out its current 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine after just four model years.

Ford said today it is replacing the engine with a new 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder early next year beginning with the redesigned 2015 Edge. The current engine, which debuted in the 2011 Edge, will be gradually replaced in other vehicles.

The last engine in a Ford vehicle with such a short life was the 3.9-liter V-8 in the retro-styled 2002-05 Thunderbird.

Most engines have a life span of at least 10 years.

Scott Makowski, chief engineer for Ford’s large inline four-cylinder engines, said rapid improvements in engine technology led to the demise of the current 2.0, which has the highest production of Ford’s EcoBoost engine family.

The current 2.0 is offered in at least a dozen vehicles globally, such as Fusion, Focus ST, Edge, Escape, Explorer, Taurus, Lincoln MKZ and MKC in the North America, the Ford Falcon in Australia, and European cars such as the Mondeo and S-Max people mover.

The new 2.0 shares almost no parts with the current engine. It will deliver a better combination of fuel economy and power, Makowski said.

EcoBoost engines -- which feature direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable cam timing -- have been criticized for delivering either power or fuel economy, but not both, in larger vehicles such as the Explorer and Edge.

Makowski said the new 2.0 has a new block, redesigned cylinder head, Borg-Warner twin scroll turbocharger, revised fuel injectors and higher compression ratio. It weighs about 10 pounds less than the current engine.

The new head has three exhaust ports routed into a manifold that channels exhaust gas pulses from cylinders 2 and 3, and 1 and 4, separately into each scroll of the turbocharger. This reduces the time needed for the turbocharger to reach full speed. The result, Makowski said, is a more responsive vehicle.

Ford officials would not comment on the new 2.0’s power output,... [Read More]
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2015 Focus ST Teaser Video!

Jun 23, 2014 - 3:53 PM - by 4Nines

Ford dropped this video today teasing the refresh of the 2015 Focus ST. Word has it that Ford will be releasing the new ST at the Goodwood Festival of Speed starting on June 27th!

Full Press Release:

New Ford Focus ST Global Reveal at Goodwood Festival of Speed; New Mustang Also Debuts on Famous Hill Climb

• Ford premieres new Focus ST at Goodwood Festival of Speed in United Kingdom, June 27

• New Focus ST makes debut on world-famous hill climb; Ford and Sony Computer Entertainment stage first "virtual versus real" race at Goodwood – with Gran Turismo®6 gamers going head-to-head with actual drivers of Focus ST

• New Ford Mustang makes first dynamic driving appearance in Europe

GOODWOOD, U.K., June 23, 2014 – The new Ford Focus ST will make its global debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom, June 27. Ford's new performance model headlines the First Glance category, with professional drivers showcasing the car's abilities on the world-famous hill climb on all three days of the event.

Benefiting from technology and quality improvements revealed earlier this year for the new Ford Focus, Focus ST will be displayed on the Ford stand at Goodwood. First launched in 2002, Focus ST has now seen sales of more than 140,000 units in more than 40 countries.

Ford also is teaming up with Sony Computer Entertainment to stage the first-ever "virtual versus real" race on the hill. On its first run each day, the new Focus ST will compete in real time against the Focus ST featured in the Gran Turismo®6 game for PlayStation®3.

A designated gamer at the Ford stand will match skills against Ben Collins – formerly The Stig of Top Gear – with the action displayed on big screens throughout the festival.... [Read More]
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Own a Piece of History: Tanner Foust FocusST for Sale

Jun 20, 2014 - 2:04 PM - by NickJ

Something like this doesn't happen but once in a great while. The Foust Edition Focus ST that was built specifically for SEMA is now up for sale. Most show cars get put away into a museum or just flat out crushed. Sad I know. BeyondMG posted this beauty for sale just the other day in our Cars for Sale Section. At first we couldn't believe our eyes and had to check and then double check to make sure that it was legit. Lo and behold... It is!

This is Tanner Foust Edition No. 001 by COBB as denoted by the plate in the center console just above the shifter. To my knowledge this is the ONLY one to have ever been completed, and has been under the close and watchful eye of Cobb in SoCal ever since it was taken off the show scene. This was the Special Edition that was destined for the cutting room floor, so it is a truly one-off machine that will likely become a collector's item for FoMoCo guys. Don't miss this opportunity to own this very special piece of automotive history!

Full details are in the Sales Thread here: 2013 Focus ST Tanner Foust Edition For Sale

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2016 Ford Focus RS spotted in the US

Jun 17, 2014 - 11:57 AM - by STdan

One of AutoBlog's intrepid spy photographers has captured a vehicle that we weren't even sure would see the light of day – the next Focus RS. While this is pretty clearly a mule based on the current Focus ST, as our spy points out, there are a number of giveaways about this hot hatch's true nature. Indication number one that all is not right with this Focus is the heavily camo'd front fascia, which has been completely reconfigured for duty on the RS. It boasts significantly larger grilles that are meant to accommodate what is likely the 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder that's destined for the 2015 Ford Mustang. Considering that, then, we can expect around 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque from the hottest of Foci, although it's entirely possible that the production model could climb even higher, to around 330 hp.

Continue Reading and check out the photo gallery @ 2016 Ford Focus RS mule spotted on US soil - Autoblog
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Ken Block is in Austin for X-Games

Jun 04, 2014 - 1:14 PM - by NickJ
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This was just posted to Ken Block's FB page:

Check out what else The Hoonigans and I are giving away TODAY at the Zumiez in Austin, TX (at the Domain II mall): three of my signature HPI Racing WR8 RC cars! Here’s how to win: with each purchase of a Hoonigan shirt in the store between 5pm and 7pm, you get a free Hoonigan grab bag. If your bag has a polaroid photo of myself holding one of the cars, you WIN!
If you are lucky enough to be in the ATX area for the X-Games, scoot on over to the Domain to grab a chance at a photo op with Mr. Hoonigan himself, Ken Block. There will be give aways and grab bags as well!
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