Race driver Tanner Foust is known for his great drifting and rallying skills, so it only makes sense that Ford reps allowed him to jump behind the wheel of the new 2012 Ford Focus ST-R racecar to wring it out at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The Focus ST-R takes the forthcoming performance-oriented Focus ST hatchback and transforms it into it a turnkey racecar. The same 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 carries over from the ST with its 247 hp intact, as well as with its six-speed manual gearbox, though the powertrain has been optimized to run on high-octane race fuel. Recaro racing seats, an FIA-spec roll cage, and larger brakes complete the change from street car to track car. The only thing missing for teams that pick up a Focus ST-R are their safety and radio equipment.
In the video below, Foust tosses the Focus around Homestead-Miami's bends and discusses how excited he is about the Focus – and Ford – entering more racing competitions this year. The ST-R will make its racing debut later this month at the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge during Grand Am weekend from January 26-27 at Homestead-Miami. Check out Foust and the Focus ST-R in the video below.