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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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ST Octane Academy: Ultimate owner driving experience

Jun 04, 2014 - 10:13 AM - by ST2Focus
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Take a compact car, add a meaty engine, and you’ve got a recipe for success, and Ford is aiming to show drivers just how fun its high-performance small cars can be. Held at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, the ST Octane Academy puts new Focus ST and Fiesta ST owners on the track with racing instructors to make sure they’re getting the best out of their cars. Ford invited me along to try my hand at the wheel.

There’s an art for squeezing the fastest lap times and the most fun out of a fast - but not supercar fast - car. In a supercar you almost certainly fall short of nudging its limits (my time behind the wheel of the Lamborghini Aventador was evidence of that) and can generally count on electronics and power to get you out of most situations.

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Supercars are fun, but small, powerful cars can be even more fun. For a start, you can’t count solely on power to cover up patchy driver skills. You can feel more connected to the engine and the suspension, because you can’t generally count on them to rescue you, only to work with you.

That collaboration between car and driver is what the ST Octane Academy aims to teach. Inspired by TV show Octane Academy, it’s staffed by four professional drivers with a fleet of ten Fiesta ST and ten Focus ST cars, with a packed day of driving classes, ride-alongs, hot-laps, and a custom circuit.

The cars aren’t quite the same as you might drive off the forecourt, however. Most noticeably, they’ve been fitted with roll cages and racing harnesses, while hydraulic handbrakes make for faster turns. The... [Read More]
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The May 2014 Focus ST of the Month Contest Winner is armadaskier!

Jun 02, 2014 - 11:06 AM - by wicked

We had another close race this month but the top vote getter is none other than armadaskier with a little under 29% of the votes! 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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Vote Now! - May 2014 ST of the Month

May 27, 2014 - 2:25 PM - by wicked

You guys sure are making it harder and harder to choose finalists! Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a photo but we had to narrow it down and here are the top 5 that made it!

Please vote for your favorite entry! The poll will close in 3 days and winner announced shortly after.
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Ford Could Bring Back the Focus RS By 2016

May 06, 2014 - 3:25 PM - by ST2Focus
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by Mircea Panait , 6th May 2014

There's nothing in the world of hot hatchbacks quite like the manic yet focused Focus RS (pun intended). For almost four years now, the Blue Oval stopped offering the RS-badged model, to much boo and hiss from enthusiasts of the breed. But there's a saying that goes like "good things come to those who wait"…

The former generation RS lineup topped with the beastly RS500, which packed a 2.5-liter inline-five under its bonnet, developing 345 horsepower and 460 Nm of torque. It's no wonder the most hardcore Ford Focus ever made sold out in just 12 hours when order books opened back in 2010.

Unfortunately, those 500 units of the ultimate Focus marked the last hurrah of Ford RS models. But that will change as soon as 2016 according to recent inside info provided by Ford officials to British motoring publication Auto Express.

Barb Samardzich, who fills the role of chief operating officer at Ford's European arm, told the aforementioned publication at a recent company event in Italy: “I can’t give you any confirmation today, but let’s say there’s a strong desire. Something like that makes a great halo car.”

Of course, that declaration is a bit vague, but Barb is backed up by another Blue Oval spokesman, who said: “We have a rich heritage of RS cars, and we’re not about to let any competitors overtake us in that respect. You can rest assured that Martin (Smith, the director of design at Ford Europe) and his team are fully focused on the future of our performance strategy.”

This latest bit of good news is sure to make enthusiasts go "Good golly, Miss Molly!" Little Richard references aside, the next-gen Focus RS will most probably take its oomph from a 2.3-liter four-pot EcoBoost mill with modern tech such as direct injection and high-flow turbocharging.

Offering no less than 304 horsepower on the entry-level 2015 Ford Mustang pony car, the all-new engine will surely undergo a few modifications to offer more performance on the 2016 Ford Focus RS. If it will... [Read More]
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