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Next-Gen Ford Focus RS Could Get the Mustang 2.3L EcoBoost

Jul 23, 2014 - 6:19 AM - by ST2Focus
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by Jeffrey Ross, 22nd July 2014

Less than a month ago, spy photographers gave us our first look at what is believed to be the next-generation Ford Focus RS as it was testing at the Nürburgring, and now Autocar might have some good information as to what that car was packing under the hood.

According to the report, the 2016 Ford Focus RS will be powered by a version of the 2.3-liter inline-four that will be used in the 2015 Ford Mustang. While that engine has officially been rated at 310 hp 320 lb-ft, it sounds like the Focus RS could get some extra tuning to around 330 hp and 324 lb-ft.

Aside from the Mustang-sourced engine, it sounds like Ford had considered going with an all-wheel drive platform, but has chosen to stick with front-drive. A six-speed manual gearbox will be the only, and a new limited-slip differential will help keep all that power under control.

These would all come in addition to other Focus RS upgrades like the sport suspension setup and more aggressive exterior styling. What has yet to really be seen though is whether or not Ford finally plans to bring the Focus RS to the U.S. As the muscle cars wars are heating up to epic levels, it would be nice to see some more hot hatch action here in the States. With the 2015 Subaru WRX STI already on the roads and the all-new Volkswagen Golf R coming soon, there would be plenty of competition for another sport compact to join the mix.

With Ford just having introduced the updated 2015 Ford Focus ST at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Autocar guesses that this might be a good spot to launch the 2016 Focus RS. Regardless of where it debuts, we probably won’t see it until 2016.

Next-Gen Ford Focus RS Could Get the Mustang 2.3L EcoBoost
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Win a free nights stay and a 50 dollar gas card for the All ST Deal's Gap Meet!

Jul 22, 2014 - 7:48 AM - by hemiCouple

Win a free nights stay and a 50 dollar gas card for the FirST annual ST takeover at Deal's Gap!
The event will be September 20-21 and the winner will receive free one night stay, September 20, at the official hotel of the ST takeover at Deal's Gap (Grand Vista Hotel and Suites) and a 50 dollar gas card courtesy of www.focusst.org and www.fiestast.org !!!!!!!

How? What do I have to do, you ask?

-Submit a video introducing yourself, your car, and anything else you feel is relevant.

-BE CREATIVE. Think of it like an audition video.

Contest rules:

All entrants are politely asked to be capable of attending the official event.
Please keep video length greater than 30 seconds but less than 5 minutes.
Contest will run 3 weeks (21 days) from the date this post is made (7/22/14)
The community will vote for the winner. Voting will run 1 week (7 days)
The contest will run on both focusst.org and fiestast.org but only 1 winner will be chosen. Please do not submit your entry on both forums, choose one.
Gas card will be given to the winner AT THE EVENT.
In the event the winner does not show up to the event at the official start date the prize will be raffled on the first day of the event. Please do not submit an entry if you are unable to attend

Any questions can be submitted via PM to hemiCouple on either focusst.org or fiestast.org or via email at ... [Read More]
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Shelby America is Selling These 14 Prototype and Concept Cars

Jul 20, 2014 - 9:23 AM - by ST2Focus
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By Joseph Capparella, Jun 26, 2014

Famed Mustang tuner Shelby America is moving headquarters to Las Vegas, Nevada. Why should you care? Because it won’t be able to fit some of its most special concept cars and prototypes in the new building. As a result, Shelby is selling 14 prototype and concept cars to collectors. Instead of storing these special cars away in the company’s warehouse, Shelby says it would rather see these special one-off models in the hands of Shelby enthusiasts. See the full list of cars and asking prices below.

2013 Shelby Focus Concept: $50,000

Shelby upgraded this Ford Focus ST hot hatch with a whole new Eibach suspension, grippy 18-inch Michelin tires, and Wilwood brakes, while also adding 8 hp to the standard car’s 252 hp. It was shown at the Detroit auto show in 2013 and then went on the Shelby Road tour on its way to the company’s heritage center in Las Vegas.

For the other vehicles and prices: Shelby America is Selling These 14 Prototype and Concept Cars
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2015 Ford Focus ST Vs. Gran Turismo 6

Jul 05, 2014 - 8:23 AM - by STdan

The new 2015 Ford Focus ST goes head-to-head with its virtual counterpart on Gran Turismo 6 at Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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The June 2014 Focus ST of the Month Contest Winner is trackhermit!

Jun 29, 2014 - 2:30 PM - by wicked

We had a really great turnout this month, not with just the entries but with the votes as well. Getting 37% of the total votes and our winner is none other than trackhermit! 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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2015 Focus ST Specs Released

Jun 26, 2014 - 5:12 PM - by NickJ

Ford Reveals New Focus ST at Goodwood; Demonstrates Model's Enhanced Driving Dynamics on Famous Hill Climb

- New 2015 Ford Focus ST makes global debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom – the perfect venue to demonstrate the significantly enhanced driving dynamics of the new model
- Updated tuning provides increased handling refinement and improved steering feel to help deliver a driving experience that is more responsive and balanced
- Beautifully crafted cockpit-like interior features ergonomic controls, Recaro seats and sports steering wheel

GOODWOOD, U.K., June 27, 2014 – The 2015 Ford Focus ST makes its global debut today at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom – the ideal venue for showcasing the enhanced driving dynamics of Ford's global performance version of the new Focus.

"Since its debut, Focus ST has been bringing our fun-to-drive DNA to the hot hatch segment with a uniquely Ford blend of driving dynamics, performance and style," said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. "Now, with improved dynamics, an updated suspension, new styling and a more sophisticated cabin, we expect the 2015 Focus ST will remain the hottest hatch worldwide."

Focus ST will benefit from technology and craftsmanship first revealed earlier this year for the new Ford Focus – the world's best-selling global nameplate. Ford introduced the first Focus ST in 2002; since then, more than 140,000 examples have been sold in more than 40 countries worldwide.

Refinements for the upgraded 2015 Focus ST include:

- Redesigned, sportier front and rear fascias
- HID headlamps standard with ST2 and ST3 trim levels with Recaro seats
- Standard LED signature lighting
- 18-inch Rado Gray alloy wheels standard
- Available new 18-inch alloy wheel design with red painted brake calipers
- New exterior color, Magnetic Metallic, replaces Ingot Silver
- Two over-the-top stripe choices now available – Satin Black and High Gloss Red, stripes come with matching mirror skull caps
- Redesigned... [Read More]
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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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