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Focus ST impresses Randy Pobst

Randy Pobst, an accomplished American road-racer has been MotorTrend’s in-house performance-standard for some time now, has recently compared the Ford Focus ST, new Impreza WRX and the MazdaSpeed 3.

Listening to his reviews, it seems that Randy is a big fan of the Mazda for its sophistication, the WRX for its compliant suspension settings, and the Focus ST for its lively handling. Of all the candidates, it sounded as if Randy enjoyed the ST the most, saying You’d better have your car control down if you want to drive this Focus fast with the traction control off — corner entry is just how I want a front-wheel drive race car to handle. For me as a racer, I absolutely love it. When I entered a corner, the tail of the car immediately came out — but it’s not in a fearful way. It’s in a helpful way.

It’s in an enthusiastic, enjoyable way. The ST rewards a modulated throttle with a good exit. It desperately needs a limited-slip. On a few corners, there was some inside wheel spin and torque steer.

In relationship to the reviews of the other cars, Randy seemed to tack on the two criticisms to the Focus at the end, as if they were an afterthought. His reviews on the Subaru and Mazda imply that he wasn’t nearly as content with their handling.

According to MotorTrend, the Focus achieves 0.97 on the skidpad. Not too long ago, these numbers were being put up by Supras and Corvettes! Sure, factor in the advantage that modern tires provide, but considering this is a Ford Focus, one of the more popular people-carriers in the world, it is an impressive feat.

From what I can gather, the ST has a fantastic handling balance coupled with a responsive and powerful engine. The only let-down is the car’s lack of limited-slip differential, however I’m sure there will be a bevy of aftermarket parts if the ST keeps receiving the praise it has been.

Here’s a link to the MT article: Link

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Hennessey Gets their Hands on the Focus ST with impressive results

Everyone knows Hennessey by now. Their Venom GT has been making headlines for several years now, and with the sort of attention for big cars they’ve been getting, you might think the Focus ST might not make much of blip on the radar for this Houston, Texas-based performance shop.

According to John Hennessey, the cold air intake, recalibrated ECU, increased boost and Magnaflow cat-back exhaust system added to the front-wheel drive ST resulted in a little over 300 horsepower at the flywheel. John estimates a mid-13 second / mile run in this particular bit of kit. John complains a bit about the torque-steer, which seems to be a recurring them with the Focus ST, but maybe Ford will listen.

Here’s a link to the video. The motor sounds pretty fantastic actually, quite throaty.

From October to December 2012, Ford sold nearly 2,000 Focus ST’s, in Europe, making up 44% of the car market at that time. Apparently this is due to the drivability and performance combination that the car offers. Having a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine inside a comfortable 5-door hatchback is a great idea for a fun-to-drive people-carrier.

Top Gear named this little fire-breather the Hot Hatch of the Year. Not bad for a little old Ford Focus, eh?

FORD Focus Electric � Electric Car 107kW Auto
FORD Focus Electric � Electric Car 107kW Auto
FORD Focus Electric � Electric Car 107kW Auto
FORD Focus Electric � Electric Car 107kW Auto
FORD Focus Electric � Electric Car 107kW Auto
FORD Focus Electric � Electric Car 107kW Auto

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