What would it take to build a NASA Spec Focus? - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace

Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum > Ford Focus Racing Discussions > Autocross Racing

Autocross Racing The place to discuss information about autocross stats, tips and events. Track sanctioned events only.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
FocusFanatics Merchandise

Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 01-18-2006, 10:27 AM   #1
Focus Fanatic
Carrera26's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2004
Fan#: 12237
Location: Gainesville, FL
What I Drive: 2005 Mazda3 2.3/2003 VW Passat GLX

Posts: 2,957
FF Reputation: 2 Carrera26 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
What would it take to build a NASA Spec Focus?

Hello all. If you haven't read through the "Spec Focus" thread and rules, take a look. It looks to me like a fantastic opportunity to get out there and road race a focus on the cheap. (As cheap as Road Racing is.) Let's take a look at what it would cost to build such a car.

Shell $2K - $3K - This would be some sort of salvage titled Focus that does not have any frame damage and relatively easy to repair damage. The best choices would be;
Theft Recovery - Look, the car comes pre-stripped for convenience!
Door Impact - Hey, doors are cheap, and as long as the frame (esbecially B Pillar) are fine then you are good to go!
Flood Damage - Glug glug glug... You were going to have that engine rebuilt anyway, right? Plenty of Katrina castaways. Saw a Katrina Flood SVT on my salvage site last night.

Racing Bucket $400 - Used of course, but as long as it fits and it's cheap, who cares? You'll probably want 2 to take people out on track...

Engine Rebuild $0 - $500 - $1500 - Do you leave it as you got it, get a good one out of another wreck/rebuild yourself, or have it rebuilt professionally. Doesn't look like BHP is going to be a deciding factor, although I think that with gearing and in the rules, the 2.3 Duratec with the 5-speed gears is the best option.

Roll Cage $2500 - Professionally welded and installed. Yeah, let's not look for "Bargain" safety equipment.

Tires $900 - You'll probably need at least 6 Hoosiers for a season, about $150 a pop. More if you want to buy Wets and do a lot of Practice/Development laps. As this is the only part of your car that actually touches the ground, again not a place to cheap out on. <Note to NASA, spec tires make a real difference in keeping competition level and expenses down, just a thought>

Wheels $0 - $4K+ - Huge range, depends on if you just stick with the stock rims or get a set of 6-8 good lightweights.

Suspension $600+ - They did a good job of keeping this spec, so costs shouldn't be that much.

Torsen LSD $200 - $600 - Used vs. New

Off-Road Pipe $50 - Just have it fabricated at a local muffler shop. It's a race car, so nobody will care.

Interior / Weight Reduction Sawzalls are $149.99 brand new, + the free (slave) labor of your friends and yourself.

Alignment / Setup $0 - $400 - Either somebody in the local SCCA or NASA has all the tools (corner weights, alignment tools, etc.) and the knowhow for the settings or you go get it done at a race shop.

Personal Cost $0 - $2000+ - Maybe you already have a suit, gloves, shoes, a helmet, and a Competition Liscence. If you don't, all that together will probably cost about $2K to get going.

So in total, not counting the things I have missed and you will point out...

$7150 cheapest, $15K at the top end

And just to let you guys know, that's still darn cheap racing. Of course, there's the cost of the tow vehicle, trailer, racing gas, track fees, travel expenses, maintenance, "I had an Ooops on Track" fund.... Figure another $4K - $6K a year for just competing in the series.

Let me know what I missed, and what you think!

Don't waste another minute waiting on parts, or anything else. Just get out there and start racing! You will suck at first, and you will be slower than many other cars, but the only thing you will regret is not starting earlier...
Carrera26 is offline  
    Reply With Quote

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:16 AM.

Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Audi S3, Ford Fusion and Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area. Challenger Hellcat - Charger Hellcat