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FFTeam 12-16-2011 03:30 PM

Ford Prices Focus ST-R Racecar From $98,995

There aren't many American cars that approach $100,000. As excited as they were by the ZR1's performance figures, Corvette enthusiasts balked at how a 'Vette could cost so much. After steadily climbing since its announcement a few years ago, the Fisker Karma's base price just breached the $100k mark. And of course the Ferrari-slaying Ford GT went for a good $150k if you could get your hands on one, and was probably worth even more. But a Focus? You've got to be kidding, right?

No, we're not kidding, but this also isn't the same Focus filling shopping mall parking lots and rental fleets across America and around the world, either. This is the Focus ST-R, the turn-key racing car launched by Ford Racing back in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It packs a competition-spec 2.0 EcoBoost four, a full FIA-certified roll cage, racing brakes and a track-tuned suspension.

In short, it's all but completely ready to tackle any of a variety of touring car series the world over, from Grand-Am ST and SCCA World Challenge TC to the World Touring Car Championship and similar local series around the world. So while the reported $98,995 sticker price may seem like a lot for a Focus, it may be the turn-key bargain of the tin-top racing world.

warneej 12-16-2011 06:34 PM

Amazing deal.

focusin 12-16-2011 06:39 PM

Thats nuts for a focus still turn key race car or not, not saying I wouldn't buy it if I already had a stable of other 100,000 dollar cars I could see buying one for track days.

WiscoGTI 12-16-2011 07:04 PM


forddorf 12-17-2011 02:27 PM

Has to many doors.

iminhell 12-17-2011 03:30 PM


Originally Posted by forddorf (Post 3932600)
Has to many doors.


And does anyone have more info on the car?
The blurb from Edmund's leaves much to be desired ... what kind of management does it come with, how adjustable is the suspension, does it have A/C, what kind of power numbers, at what boost level, etc, etc.

If you're buying a 'race car' focus for $100K and you have to spend more on extra software/hardware to tune the car per your driver, it's a wasted $100K. And if 2 teams buy the same car it's just pointless, IROC then, a drivers race only.

I guess I just don't see the point.

MacAttack 12-17-2011 04:08 PM

I hope it's popular with those who can actually afford it. Maybe then Ford will hurry up on the more affordable Focus ST.

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TheGlassMaker 12-17-2011 11:13 PM


Originally Posted by forddorf (Post 3932600)
Has to many doors.

Would be bad if the rear was useable. Of course focis don't fill rental fleets that's GMs job.[thumb]

MacAttack 12-18-2011 12:15 AM

That photo makes it look so long. I know the 2012 Focus is longer than some of the past ones, but I think the sloping design of the roof makes it look so much longer in photographs.

TheGlassMaker 12-18-2011 12:41 AM

I meant useable if the cage wasn't in the way. I like the four doors just not four door hatches. kinda makes it look like a bobbed car.

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