2011 Frankfurt: Ford Focus ST-R unveiled, shows off Ford’s global motorsport development ambitions

While the all new 2012 Ford Focus ST is making its production debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Dearborn automaker is also showing us the new Ford Focus ST-R – a special mototsport counterpart to the road-going model.

“Despite its close resemblance to the Focus ST road car, the Focus ST-R is purpose-built for the track by Ford Racing in North America as a fully-prepared competition car,” Ford said in a statement. “It features a powerful 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine, FIA regulation roll cage, uprated brakes and track-tuned suspension.”

Starting in North America, the Ford Focus ST-R will be available in North America to race in a range of series. Ford says that it hopes teams will race the car in key European motorsport series and major national events such as the 24 Hours of Nurburgring.

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“From the beginning, the Focus and new Focus ST were designed to be driver’s cars,” said Jost Capito, director of Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsport Business Development. “The road-going Focus features best-in-class brakes, handling and powertrains and the design and functionality of the various vehicle systems have helped us to develop a global technical specification for teams wanting to race the new Focus cost effectively. Ford Racing in North America has taken this effort and developed the new Focus ST-R and is a perfect example of how a great production car inspires a competitive race car for enthusiasts.”

– By: Omar Rana