The last time we saw the Ford Focus ST-R was in Frankfurt earlier this year, and now it’s being put to good use on the track where we get to see it in action. Check out the ins and outs of the track-ready racer with Ford Racing’s Andy Vrenko leading the tour in the video below.
The Focus ST-R uses the same foundation as the Focus ST, and Ford Racing has capitalized on it to make the track-ready ST-R, which Vrenko goes into more depth about. He first pops open the hood to give us a look at the ST-R’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4, which is the same 247-hp unit from the ST, except it has been calibrated for the different octane race fuel. The six-speed manual gearbox also remains the same, as does the bodywork.
Vrenko then lets us see the cockpit of ST-R, revealing what he says is a very “driver-oriented” interior, with Recaro race seats, and a functional FIA-spec roll cage. But perhaps the biggest change, Vrenko says, is the chassis, and larger brakes for Grand-Am ST duty. The track-ready car is good to go, and Vrenko says the good thing about the ST-R is that all privateer racers have to do is add their safety and radio gear.
But enough talking about it, check out the video below as Vrenko takes it for a spin at Ford’s proving grounds.