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2015 Ford Focus ST With Ford Performance Upgrades First Test Motortrend Review

Dec 27, 2015 - 5:30 AM - by ST2Focus
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By Austin Lott, December 26, 2015

Money Can Fix Your (Focus ST) Problems

The Ford Focus ST has three problems: torque steer, exhaust note, and power. Now, the Focus ST is a heck of a vehicle, but itís missing a little extra something. Thatís where Mountune comes in. Wait, who? You might be wondering who Mountune is, but if youíre a Focus performance aficionado, youíre already familiar with their work.

The short version is that Mountune makes the magic happen for the big names racing four-cylinder Fords. The company started in the 1980s prepping Cosworth engines for motorsports and in later years branched out to offer a line of parts that donít void the Ford factory warranty. The Ford-approved modifications are also smog-legal in all 50 states. This really matters if you reside in one of the more tuning-averse states.

Mountuneís work on the 2015 Ford Focus ST yielded a full complement of modifications that fall roughly into two categories: performance enhancements and appearance enhancements. The performance mods are really the problem solvers of the bunch; the appearance mods solve a different set of problems in a more subjective field. The whole shebang goes for $5,102, though it must be installed by the dealer (Ford or Lincoln), Mountune USA, or an ASE-certified tech to comply with your new vehicle warranty.

Under the Hood

The torque steer and power problems are both solved under the hood, where $1,900 gets you the Mountune MP275 engine kit. That increases power by 18 hp and 26 lb-ft of torque to 270 hp and 296 lb-ft. On the horse-per-dollar scale, the Mountune kit is pretty modest, but weíre told that the upgraded intercooler included with the kit is integral not only to making that power but also to keep it, because heat soak becomes a problem when increasing boost with just the stock intercooler. Itís been a few months since Iíve ripped around in a stock ST, but the tuner gave me a good shove back in my seat when I stomped on it. Far healthier than MTís long-term Volkswagen Golf GTI.

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Fordís new Ford by Design Website Offers You the Chance to Build Custom Billboard

Dec 22, 2015 - 3:41 PM - by ST2Focus
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Here's your chance to Design a Custom Billboard and Ford Will Show it Off: Fordís latest marketing campaign, Ford by Design, allows you to design your own custom Ford product billboard.

Go to: www.fordbydesign.com and design a digital billboard advertisement featuring one of several Ford product images, graphics, and colors.

For more info go to: Ford?s new Ford by Design Website Offers You the Chance to Build Custom Billboard
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The November 2015 Focus ST of the Month Contest winner is pat598!

Nov 30, 2015 - 12:47 PM - by wicked

The November 2015 Focus ST of the Month Contest winner is none other than pat598 with this beautiful photo! Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to submit a photo and to those who voted. We'll do this again in a couple of weeks so stay tuned!
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Ford Vehicles Named Hottest of 2015 SEMA Show

Nov 04, 2015 - 7:30 AM - by ST2Focus
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Ford Focus Wins Hottest Sport-Compact of 2015 SEMA

Nov-04-2015 7:55 AM ET

DEARBORN, Mich., — Ford Mustang, Ford Focus and Ford F-Series are officially Hottest Car, Hottest Sport-Compact and Hottest Truck of this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association show. The SEMA award recognizes the most popular vehicles the organization’s members feature in their displays at the weeklong event. 2015 marks the first time any OEM has won three of the coveted awards.

Before this year’s show opened, SEMA officials walked the floor of the giant aftermarket expo and counted the number of new cars and trucks exhibited. More Mustang, Focus and F-Series vehicles are on display than any other car or truck.

“Winning SEMA’s hottest vehicle awards for Mustang, Focus and F-Series is a great affirmation of the popularity of Ford vehicles with this trendsetting part of the market,” said Dave Pericak, director, Ford Performance, who accepted all of the honors at the annual awards breakfast. “We’re proud the aftermarket has embraced these three vehicles with as much enthusiasm as our customers invest to personalize their Mustang, Focus and F-Series.”

Ford Focus won Hottest Sport-Compact of SEMA for the first time as the car’s popularity with the aftermarket grows. Mustang and F-Series each have multiple wins — a testament to the popularity and appeal of Ford vehicles.

Ford takes center stage once again at SEMA this year as the largest OEM presence with 28 unique SEMA builder cars featured on the Ford stand alone, and nearly 50 vehicles on display between the stand and the wildly popular Ford Out Front demo track. Custom builds include six Ford Focus and Fiesta ST cars, seven Ford SUV models from Edge Sport and Explorer Sport, eight Ford Mustangs and seven Ford F-150 concepts.

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The October 2015 Focus ST of the Month Contest winner is BCST1993!

Oct 30, 2015 - 1:38 AM - by wicked

The October 2015 Focus ST of the Month Contest winner is none other than BCST1993! Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who voted! We'll be doing this again in a couple of weeks so stay tuned!

Have a safe and happy Halloween!
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Modified Ford Focus ST and Fiesta ST Hot Hatches Head to SEMA

Oct 29, 2015 - 5:16 AM - by ST2Focus
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By: Conner Golden, 28 October 2015

If you could embody all that SEMA represents into a single car, it would be a highly-modified hot hatch. The power-hungry tuner environment of the show is a perfect breeding ground for the bright and loud hatchbacks like the Ford Focus and Fiesta. Now, Ford is capitalizing on this hot-hatch frenzy with a host of modified Ford Focus ST and Fiesta STs concepts.

CJ Pony Parts Ultra Orange Focus ST

Of the six Ford hot hatches, four are wildly-modified Focus STs. The first one, covered in “Ultra Orange Pearl” paint, is a showcase for CJ Pony Parts. (Pictured at top) Under the hood, a full Cobb tuning package is installed with full turbo piping, intercooler, and an upgraded turbo. A full air suspension, along with Cobb anti-roll bars and special Fifteen52 Tarmac R43 wheels give the orange hatch an aggressive stance.

Rally Innovations "Future of Rally" Focus ST

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Ford handed a Focus over to Rally Innovations for a second SEMA showcar. The “Future of Rally” Focus features a radically modified exterior, with special widebody fender-flares and ground effects. An RS-R Sports coilover suspension lowers the car and features Whiteline camber adjustment plates in the front and the rear. A set of Rays 57 Xtreme wheels are wrapped in sticky Nitto NT555s, giving the ST a proper on-road footprint. Under the hood, a full intake and exhaust system from Greddy is installed, along with some additional tuning from Cobb. The interior receives a full rally treatment, including roll cage, race seats, and rear-seat delete.

Focus ST by Cobb Tuning

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The September 2015 Focus ST of the Month contest winner is trackhermit!

Sep 29, 2015 - 3:36 PM - by wicked

The September 2015 Focus ST of the Month contest winner is none other than trackhermit! Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who submitted a photo and to all those who voted. We'll do this again in a couple of weeks so stay tuned!
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