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The April 2015 Focus ST of the Month contest winner is boosted_blue14!

Apr 29, 2015 - 3:16 PM - by wicked

The April 2015 Ford Focus ST of the Month contest winner is none other than boosted_blue14 with this awesome shot! Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who participated and 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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PINKS: All Out Invites Us to Rockingham this July 4th

Apr 22, 2015 - 11:10 AM - by NickJ

Do you guys remember the "PINKS" TV show? The show where Rich Christensen would line up racers at a drag stip and they would race each other for pink slips. and then later, they did "PINKS: All Out" where racers would compete in brackets for cash prizes? The show ran on SPEED and also on FOX for a minute. It was canceled years ago, and the concept bounced around for a little while. Well, Rich has acquired the concept from FOX and is bringing it back!

The owner of Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina is going to open up his raceway for a July 4th celebration of raw power, shiny paint, and testosterone. The dragway will host the PINKS crew for a taping during the July 4th weekend.

Now, you might be asking why I am telling you about a television show that is taping in NC. Well, our little site here has been extended a personal invite from Rich and Brian Bossone. They have offered a 20% racer registration discount code when you sign up for the weekend. Simply add PAO in the checkout and you will receive the discount.

They are doing a grassroots promotion of this event as they don't have a large buget to get this thing off the ground. I think it is pretty cool that they are reaching out to the forum to go straight to the car enthusiast source.

This year is a TEST for future shows, and they need all the racer and fan support they can get. Support this event and maybe next season will be coming to track near you. They will be leaving room for group gathering areas or self run car shows at the show as well. It should be a great weekend for car enthusiasts!

I, for one, hope that they keep the show about racing and don't let it devolve into the drama-fest that the old show ended up being about.


“The fact that racers and fans still want PINKS is both an honor and extremely ...humbling,”... [Read More]
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The March 2015 Focus ST of the Month Contest Winner is eglove!

Mar 30, 2015 - 3:31 PM - by wicked

The March 2015 Focus ST of the Month (Aftermarket wheels edition) contest winner is none other than eglove with this amazing shot! Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who participated and submitted an photo and to all those who voted! We'll do this again in a couple of weeks so stay tuned!
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2015 Ford Focus ST Review

Mar 29, 2015 - 7:24 AM - by ST2Focus
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Ford’s Fresh Faced Hot Hatch

By Luke Vandezande, Mar 26, 2015
Michael Lewis wrote “Liar’s Poker” in 1989 after rubbing shoulders with the “big swinging d****” working at Salomon Brothers, a Wall Street investment bank that gained notoriety for its work with mortgage-backed securities. It’s an excellent story.

Guys like them treated money like you and I do Kleenexes. From his account, I imagine they would look at something like the upcoming Ford GT as a casual purchase and in some senses very little of that has changed.

Needless to say, I am no Wall Street banker but it’s comforting to know that there is a wealth of performance vehicles today that are remarkable in both their capability and attainability.

Halos Are For Walls, Hot Hatches Are For Garages

The Focus ST is a perfect example. Ford refreshed it this year with a new front fascia and lights along with optionally available racing stripes and wheels. The center stack is supposedly different but I only know that from reading Ford’s press literature and it gets a new “flat-bottom” steering wheel to make sure that people bigger than me can fit. Seriously, it’s a tight squeeze and I might as well represent the “lollypop guild…”

Anyway, none of that really matters because the Focus ST is still exactly what you will remember reading about in 2012 when it debuted: a rip-roaring riot of a car that really doesn’t cost much.

Ford managed to achieve that by dropping its 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine into the Focus with 252 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque that should make it torturously difficult to control. Except it isn’t.

Still So Much Fun

As you might remember, the Focus ST gets something Ford called its “torque steer compensation system” that basically reduces the electric power steering assistance in the direction of the wheel. It works to nullify the side effects that come from sending entirely too much torque to the axle that is already busy governing your trajectory.

You can feel it... [Read More]
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The February 2015 Focus ST of the Month Contest Winner is The Yeti!

Feb 28, 2015 - 2:11 PM - by wicked

The February 2015 Ford Focus ST of the Month Contest winner is none other than The Yeti with this spectacular shot! Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who participated and submitted a photo and to everyone who voted! We'll do this again in a couple of weeks so stay tuned!
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Ford Focus ST Estate 2015 review

Feb 06, 2015 - 2:44 PM - by ST2Focus
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by Jack Rix, 6 Feb, 2015

Updates promise to make fast Ford Focus ST Estate more fun than ever

It seems strange that hot wagons aren’t more popular, because this 2015 Ford Focus ST Estate delivers all the handling, speed and excitement of the hatch, with genuine family friendly practicality. Despite power output staying constant, the EcoBoost engine is a peach, even if the ride is a bit nibbly. If you prioritise fuel economy then the diesel is a better idea, but if it’s thrills you’re after, the petrol car wins hands down.

Hot estates are making a serious comeback of late. Forget the array of V8-powered Mercedes AMG wagons currently available, we’re talking about mainstream family cars with a sting in their tail. The Skoda Octavia vRS has been around for a couple of years now, but you’ll soon be able to buy a SEAT Leon Cupra ST, while a new Volkswagen Golf GTD Estate has been confirmed for the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Ford can claim some credit for the renewed interest – it’s been offering a Focus ST Estate since 2012, and thanks to a recent series of mechanical and cosmetic updates, it should be better to drive and as practical as ever. It threw in a curveball for the facelift, too, because you can now order your fast Focus Estate with the choice of a 247bhp 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine or a 182bhp 2.0 TDCi diesel. We drove the diesel ST hatch last month, so it’s the petrol wagon we’re focusing on here.

From a purely practical point of view, the Focus Estate could well be all the car you ever need. Open the large tailgate and there’s 476 litres with the rear seats up, or a whopping 1,502 litres with them down, forming a perfectly flat load space. Compare that to 316 litres and 1,101 litres respectively for the hatchback and the benefits are easy to see.

OK, so there’s a slight penalty in terms of price and performance – the Estate costs £1,100 more than the equivalent hatchback and takes 0.2 seconds longer to cover 0-62mph.

But remarkably, claimed fuel economy and CO2 emissions are identical at 41.5mpg and... [Read More]
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2016 Ford Focus RS Sedan Digitally Imagined

Feb 05, 2015 - 4:04 PM - by ST2Focus
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by Mircea Panait, 5th February 2015

When Hungarian pixel artist X-Tomi Design lets its creative juices flow, you’d better be prepared for a helluva good rendering. After X-Tomi offered the World Wide Web with his take on a wagon-ified 2016 Ford Focus RS, the same Photoshop wizard returns with the sedan variant rendering of the hottest hot hatch of the moment.

As you can see in the photo gallery below, X-Tomi didn’t go all wild with the 2016 Ford Focus RS sedan, but only elongated the actual thing in a similar fashion to what the Blue Oval has done with the 2015 Ford Focus and its sedan brother. Even the taillights and the trunk door were perfectly replicated by X-Tomi.

While the humdrum sedan makes do with a tiny boot spoiler, the rendering on hand adds a bigger wing a la the Subaru WRX STI, but its size isn’t on par with the humongous spoiler of the rally-bred monster from Japan. The blueish exterior color too might led you to believe that you’re looking at a Ford-badged WRX STI.

An aesthetic detail that sort of spoils the three-quarter view of the 2016 Ford Focus RS sedan rendering is the black, plasticky and pointy aerial. But then you look at the impressive aero diffuser, two exhaust pipes and those aggressive vents at the sides of the rear bumper, and it hits you: the Focus RS sedan is cool.

Unfortunately for us petrolheads, there’s no intel from FoMoCo on such a hot sedan or a wagon version of the 2016 Focus RS. Still, we’re thankful to the gods of high-octane gasoline and twin-scroll turbocharging that the Focus RS got the green light in compact hatchback format.

Now we’re waiting for the Blue Oval’s Saarlouis plant in Germany to gear up for production late this year, with first deliveries (United States of America and Canada included) slated for the first quarter of... [Read More]
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