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Old 12-18-2011, 07:20 AM   #11
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The fact that it can compete out of the box in almost any touring car race series and is FIA certified for $100k makes it the deal of the century. And most of those series are driver's races as the cars are spec'd pretty similar. I value good driving and car setup over outright power superiority.
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:15 AM   #12
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I'll bet other factory built race cars are just as expensive. That's really a bargain basement deal for private team racers, and I'm sure it's bargain basement performance as well.
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Old 12-18-2011, 12:07 PM   #13
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Why $100,000?

Because racecar.
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Old 12-19-2011, 11:52 PM   #14
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Yes. It because it is an out of the box racecar that is certified for just about every racing league there is. I think its an awesome idea especially considering how popular track days are becoming. Ill be this car sells like crazy in Europe where the roads are all but impossible to go fast on anymore and track days are huge. Not to mention that great amateur racing leagues they have there.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:15 AM   #15
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I hope its a competitive car in World Challenge TC class:

http://www.world-challenge.com/

This would mean racing parts built for the 2012 will trickle down to us masses. Didn't really happen for spec focus, but if you have the money coming from pro teams, it allows you to get your cost down for race parts. Also looks like B-spec is going forward with the fiesta. 2012 could be a good year for ford in racing.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:21 AM   #16
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That puts it on par with the other turnkey race cars from Ford Racing.

The FR500C is about $125k and that car dominates.
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Here's a video from one of Ford's track drivers.

http://wot.motortrend.com/video-find...ck-149917.html
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Great starter car for an up and coming private team. Gives Me hope that maybe on down the road there may be hope for a Focus ST with a TracKey option like the Mustang Boss302LS, not that I could afford one, but still.
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:16 PM   #19
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The ST-R race car has no interior except a full dash. Only has the drivers racing seat. It is not street legal - a pure race car not for most of us Focus owners
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Part of me wants to say that its a great deal. A purpose built track car for under 100k is not half bad. I watched some footage of it racing, and its competitive, which is pretty awesome.

But the other part of me is saying "100k for a focus?!?!? its freaking front wheel drive!"

Not that im a hater, but i see no reason why somebody couldn't pick up a used Lotus Elise, rebuild a bit and drop a turbo on it, and smoke the ST-R for $30k less.
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