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January 2014 Focus ST of the Month Voting

Jan 29, 2014 - 4:32 PM - by wicked

We had so many great entries this month it was difficult choosing just 3 finalists so we selected 5! Please vote for your favorite entry! Voting ends in 3 days

Thanks again to everyone who participated. If your entry didn't get selected this time, no worries. You have next month to try again!
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COBB Ford Focus ST Map Switch FFS

Jan 28, 2014 - 3:29 PM - by STdan

COBB continues to bring new and exciting features to the Ford Focus ST with the release of 5-Way Map Switching and Flat-Foot-Shifting! Only available with the COBB Accessport using Accesstuner software.
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We've installed iTrader! - Powerful Rating System

Jan 20, 2014 - 4:21 PM - by wicked

Good news folks! We've installed iTrader! You're probably wondering what the heck is iTrader? iTrader is a modification that offers a rating system on vbulletin sites such as ours. Very similar to eBays rating system. Members can give feedback to other members they've had transactions with. This should give members some "secureness"

I've borrowed instructions from one of our sister sites MudInMyBlood.net

Once you have sold/bought from another forum member in the classifieds section, it helps to use iTrader and this is how:

Go the the thread where the deal took place, copy the url at the top, and then click the The number next to Feedback Score under the member you bought(sold) from's(to) name.

This will take you to the feedback page.

Click "submit feedback for xxxxxx"

You should now see the feedback form:

Fill it out:

Then click Submit, and you will see the results:

To simply view someones feedback page, just click the number by "feedback"... [Read More]
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Come on Ford, bring the RS to North America!

Jan 15, 2014 - 11:15 AM - by ST2Focus
I guess good rumored news for those waiting for Fiesta RS but still nothing new on the Focus RS coming to North America.

Report Suggests Hotter Ford Fiesta RS Still on the Table

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

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We hear from AutoExpress that the magazine's inside sources claim Ford is pondering the production of a hotter version of its hot Fiesta ST – an RS model. It is apparently in the same state of development as the Focus RS (product planning phase) and if it were to materialize, it would be the fastest supermini-based hatch you could buy.

The power hike it’s expected to benefit from bumps the figure up to 230 hp from 180 hp using the same basic engine, so expect an acceleration time to sixty that is on par with that of the Focus ST, if not a bit quicker provided they don’t make it excessively heavy.

Also, expect a custom and beefed up body kit somewhere along the lines of that worn by the old Focus RS, as well as bigger wheels and interior modifications to make the owner feel more special; lots of RS badges are sure to adorn it both inside and out.

Speculation has it that the Fiesta RS could debut as early as next year, though we’re skeptical as to that actually being the case. Take it with a grain of salt.

Report Suggests Hotter Ford Fiesta RS Still on the Table - Carscoops
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First Taste of the FST: Ford attempts amends after ending the racy SVT Focus.

Jan 10, 2014 - 6:48 AM - by ST2Focus
From Car and Driver July 2004


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Despite what the place mat in the Chinese restaurant tells us, the Ford Motor Company has decreed that 2005 will be the year of the car. Well, okay, the year of its cars. Having spent almost all its time in recent years engrossed in its nicely profitable trucks and SUVs, the delinquent parent now promises to provide some guidance for its neglected and nearly moribund line of automobiles.

The 2005 Focus is the first of Ford's cars to be hit with the defibrillator. Although we won't get Europe's all-new 2005 Focus, we do get reworked sheetmetal and plastic that relies less on Ford's late-1990s "new edge" styling and is more in line with the conservative duds worn by the upcoming Five Hundred sedan. And there's an obvious contradiction in the notion that Ford is now glued to its car operations, because the home office recently killed one of its best-performing examples, the SVT Focus. So to fill the big hole in enthusiasts' hearts everywhere, Ford has whipped up the four-door Focus ZX4 ST, which has performance that rivals that of the SVT Focus without the purebred single-mindedness and price.

The reason Ford is pulling the plug on the SVT Focus lies in the heart of the beast. With no Zetec engine remaining in the Ford order books-a result of Ford's decision to eliminate the Zetec in favor of the Mazda four-cylinder as its corporate four-banger-the high-revving 170-hp SVT version of the Zetec is too costly to justify. Fortunately, the new Mazda four-cylinder (that's a Duratec to you) is a performer. The ultra-clean 2.3-liter four-cylinder introduced last year boasts six extra horses for 2005, bringing the total to 151. So, the 2.3-liter gives up 19 horsepower to the SVT mill, but the ST is just a minuscule 0.2 second slower in the sprint to 60.

What one does notice is the relaxed way the ST makes its power. Although the smaller-displacement SVT engine had to spin to 5500 rpm to achieve its 145 pound-feet of torque, the 2.3-liter doles out 154 pound-feet at a more useful 4250 rpm. The broader torque curve renders the... [Read More]
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Ford Focus ST Estate Mountune review (2014 onwards)

Jan 09, 2014 - 11:16 AM - by ST2Focus
From MSN Cars UK

01/04/2014 12:15 | By Richard Aucock, contributor, MSN Cars

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Ford Focus ST Estate Mountune: summary

The most powerful ST Ford ever – and although it doesn’t like to shout about it, the ST Mountune is a bit of a thriller.

What: Ford Focus ST Estate Mountune
Where: Rockingham, Northamptonshire
Date: January 2014
Price: From £23,275
Available: Now
Key rivals: Volkswagen Golf GTI, Vauxhall Astra VXR, Skoda Octavia vRS Estate

We like: performance, exciting drive, practicality, price, feel-good cabin
We don’t like: you can’t use all of the power all of the time, it’s too understated given its extra potency

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The Ford Focus ST is a hot hatch that’s hotter than the daddy of them all, Volkswagen’s Golf GTI. The Blue Oval car puts out a healthy 250hp, compared to the Golf’s more meagre 220hp. Even the so-called Performance Golf only produces 230hp.

But such a margin isn’t enough for Ford. Thanks to engine tuning partner Mountune, it now offers its own performance kit, upping power to a scorching 275hp. That’s the same as a basic Porsche Cayman – yet the Mountune Focus ST still costs less than a basic Golf GTI. Appealing? Certainly – if the front-wheel drive machine is able to handle it, that is…

The Mountune kit consists of a cast alloy inlet duct, high-flow air filter, larger alloy intercooler and a recalibrated ECU: nothing else is changed and even the Ford factory warranty remains fully intact. For around £1,200, it’s a bargain.

Uniquely, Ford also offers it as an estate, the model we tested here – as the Mountune kit is dealer-fit (it takes around 90 minutes), there’s nothing stopping the creation of a 275hp wagon, something we... [Read More]
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Ford to offer free sync applink update

Jan 04, 2014 - 8:07 AM - by PittsBlueST
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BY Billy Steele, 3 January 2014

Ford certainly isn't waiting until hordes of tech journos land in the Nevada desert to start breaking its CES news. The auto maker will offer SYNC AppLink as a free upgrade this year to owners of 2010 and newer vehicles. The system allows drivers (and their passengers) to use iOS and Android apps like Spotify, NPR, TuneIn and many more via voice control, keeping more attention on the highway. Ford's in-car tech is currently installed in over one million vehicles already on the road and those offered the update will add another 3.4 million to that tally. Unfortunately, the company didn't offer a detailed list of eligible autos, leaving owners in suspense until SYNC AppLink download arrives in the coming months.

Ford to offer free SYNC AppLink upgrade to current owners this year
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