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Old 10-30-2007, 08:48 PM   #1
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Spec Focus Build - what does it cost

I've received the question on other boards on what it costs to build a Spec Focus car. Here's an outline of what goes into a typical build, as well as some per event breakdown of costs. This car was built from scratch, so it includes the cost of the car (salvaged, but already repaired).

There are some places where money could be saved - I probably overpaid for the cage, but it was built 100% to my specs by the best builder in the Mid-Atlantic. Didn't need to get 3 sets of wheels, and some of the other pieces (rear subframe and others) could have waited. But it's probably a fairly representative look at what it takes to build a 2.3 liter car. Zetec cars and motors can be had much more cheaply ($1k for running cars in Virginia), so there's a lot of affordability out there if you want to go in that direction...

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Old 10-30-2007, 10:19 PM   #2
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wow thats not that bad...i mean thats with the car
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Congradulations on a nice car and excellent driving. Are you allowed to seem weld the car?
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congratulations on a nice car and excellent driving. Are you allowed to seem weld the car?
Spec rules don't allow for seam welding. However, my experience with the car is that it is VERY stiff from the factory. I was quite surprised that you can easily jack one side of the car at the front jack point and have both wheels off the ground. Certainly far stiffer than my 10 point Chromoly-caged 944
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Old 10-31-2007, 08:26 PM   #5
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The idea of the Spec Focus is:
a really nice quick race car for a minimum expense. So.......the preparation is really minimum. The SVT and 2.3 require very little preparation other than safety items. You see Matt's upgrades, suspension items that are very reasonable,.... and safety.

I have been running Mid Ohio for several years with my SVT, R compunds, Koni yellows, and carbo tech brakes. times 1:57+
In a Spec Focus I can do 1:47:040. That is about eleven seconds faster.
Others did 1:45:6-- fastest laps.

This lap time differential I think is due to more camber allowed with the LCR camber plates and rear adjustable subframe, and a loss of about 300+lbs.

That is about all you see when it gets down to significant effects of the race car.

So, a fast car that is relatively an easy build. relative to all the other options out there for Ford types.
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What is the bare minimum needed to compete?

For example, if I find a 2001 ZX-3 with umpteen miles, basic requirements would be:
roll cage
steering wheel replacement (no airbag)
window net
incidental costs for events

missing anything? I know there are further upgrades, etc, but I am just looking for bare bones, just getting started basic requirements to race SCCA or NASA SPEC Focus.
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For a zetec car (and I'm not a zetec expert, so don't quote me)

Bare minimum to go racing other than the cage,

- Spec suspension (shocks/struts/springs- available from Ford Racing or from series sponsors
- Swaybar kit (Eibach or similar) 100% essentially as the car won't turn without a 25mm rear bar
- Rear subframe kit if you don't have swaybar mounts on the car - extra camber is a bonus
- Camber plates for the front struts - LCRacing, Steeda, others? Need to run 2.25 degrees at least
- rear discs if you don't have them - though it may be easier to get the whole SVT kit from Ford - rotors/calipers/mounting brackets. All pre-engineered and bolt on

That'll get you out and racing.

After that, with a zetec car, you're going to want to add

-Ford Racing Cylinder Head
-Cosworth intake
-Race exhaust of your choice
-Cold Air Intake
-Throttle body
- Ford torsen or Quaife diff

Zetecs will make good power, but you need to be able to rev the piss out of them (7000 rpm plus) to make them competitive. My understanding is that the cam in the Ford Racing cylinder head is good for 7800 RPM, but don't quote me on that.

It may be cheaper and/or easier to get an older chassis and swap in a Duratec motor. Prices in the DC area for 2.3 liter motors are between $700 and $1000 for good, mid-mileage motors. Food for thought.

Your local ford dealer can get you all of the above parts, or online vendors like LCRacing, CFM, F2Focus, etc. will sell them at significantly reduced prices from MSRP.

If nothing else, put the suspension on your car - even if it's a daily driver. The lastest iteration of the spec suspension will lower your car more than an inch and a half from stock and the struts give it a nice taught feeling - maybe 10% stiffer than SVT from . Great setup.
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What is the bare minimum needed to compete?

For example, if I find a 2001 ZX-3 with umpteen miles, basic requirements would be:
roll cage
steering wheel replacement (no airbag)
window net
incidental costs for events

missing anything? I know there are further upgrades, etc, but I am just looking for bare bones, just getting started basic requirements to race SCCA or NASA SPEC Focus.

That is a perfect and cheap way to get started you will need to add the few safty items that you need to run Spec Focus like safty Belts, fire extinguishter,ect.. . You would just need to remove the air bags not change the wheel. I ran the production steering wheel less air bag the first year. Like Impaled said look at the rules and if I can be of any help just pm or e-mail me at tech@capaldiracing.com
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Old 11-01-2007, 03:14 PM   #10
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Plus - you can sell off the airbags, seats, wheels, and lots of the interior goodies and make yourself back $500 or $1000 to pay for the cage, etc.
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