123.5 hp per liter
(from Ford Press
Release) GLOBAL REVEAL OF NEW HIGH-PERFORMANCE FORD FOCUS ST
AT PARIS SHOW
• Ford delivers on
promise to introduce a global performance version of the new
Focus: next-generation 250 PS Focus ST previewed at the Paris
• Ford's first global high-performance model, scheduled for 2012
launch and developed by Ford's global Performance Vehicles team
• Exciting new model will be true to Ford's ST heritage, with
exhilarating performance and handling, an addictive sound and
muscular sports design
• Pure performance delivered by unique 250 PS version of new
2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost four-cylinder petrol engine
• Over 10 per cent more power and torque than the current
European Focus ST, but fuel consumption and CO2 emissions cut by
more than 20 per cent
• Lowered chassis and unique suspension tuning to deliver
acclaimed ST handling agility and poise
• 5-door ST show car for Paris features dramatic ‘Tangerine
Scream’ body colour, reflecting new ST's exciting and energetic
next-generation Ford Focus ST makes its global debut at the 2010
Paris Motor Show, providing an early preview of the new
high-performance model which will be introduced around the world in
Ford's first global high performance model and a star attraction for
Ford in Paris, the powerful new Focus ST show car was revealed today
by Alan Mulally, Ford’s President and CEO, and Stephen Odell,
Chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe.
This range-topping Focus will be completely true to Ford's ST model
heritage, offering driving enthusiasts an intoxicating cocktail of
exhilarating performance and handling, an addictive sound and
muscular sports design.
"The ST will be the performance flagship of our new Focus range, and
we are excited to provide our enthusiast customers with an early
preview in Paris," said Gunnar Herrmann, Ford Motor Company's Global
C-car Vehicle Line Director. "The ST represents an ultimate
expression of Focus driving quality and performance and we are
confident that the new model will strengthen the reputation of
Ford's ST heritage among enthusiast drivers and attract new fans as
Global Performance Model
One common Focus ST
model is being developed for all global markets, with the vehicle
targeted for launch during 2012. This will be the first time that
Ford has produced one of its highly regarded high-performance models
for a global audience.
The Focus ST development programme is being undertaken by Ford’s
global Performance Vehicles group, which comprises Team RS (Europe)
and SVT (USA) engineers, who are dedicated to developing and tuning
products like the formidable Focus RS, Shelby GT500 and F-150 SVT
For new Focus ST the development is being led by Team RS performance
specialists based in Europe, building on their extensive experience
in engineering sought-after cars like the previous ST models and
legendary RS series.
“The new Focus ST will be our first true global performance vehicle
and we are excited about the chance to give many customers worldwide
their first taste of Ford's acclaimed ST heritage,” said Jost Capito,
Director of Global Performance Vehicles. “Like the ST and RS models
before it, the Focus ST will be the result of painstaking tuning
around the curves of the Nürburgring, along high-speed German
autobahns, and down classic British B-roads.
“For European drivers, the Focus ST will bring the same distinctive
qualities of pure dynamics and performance that have created the
unique appeal of our ST heritage.
“For enthusiasts in North America and Asia who have asked why our
compact performance models were not available to them – the wait is
almost over! The new Focus ST will offer exactly the same exciting
driving experience wherever it’s on sale,” added Capito.
More Performance – and More Economy – from Ford EcoBoost Power
At the heart of the appeal of the next-generation Focus ST is a
high-output 250 PS derivative of the efficient and advanced new
2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost four-cylinder petrol engine.
Succeeding the turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder unit of the
current European model, this unique 250 PS Ford EcoBoost engine is
being specially developed for the new Focus ST to ensure that the
car gets the muscular performance – and the inspirational sound –
which it deserves. It also marks the first application of the
four-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engine in a high performance model.
Compared to the 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine used in other Ford
vehicles, the 250 PS unit features re-designed intake and exhaust
systems and a unique engine calibration to deliver the desired level
of power and responsiveness. The engine retains the strong torque
delivery which is a feature of Ford EcoBoost designs, with a broad,
flat torque curve offering a maximum output of 360 Nm.
One of a completely new generation of downsized, high-efficiency,
low-CO2 petrol engines from Ford, the 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost is a
lightweight, all-aluminium design which combines three technologies
– high-pressure direct injection, low-inertia turbocharging and twin
independent variable cam timing – to create an advanced combustion
system which brings new levels of performance and fuel efficiency to
petrol engines in this power range.
This ultra efficient 250 PS engine therefore not only delivers over
10 per cent more power and torque than the current 2.5-litre unit,
it is also estimated to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by
more than 20 per cent.
The standard transmission for the Focus ST is a 6-speed manual
gearbox, optimised with more sporting ratios carefully matched to
the performance characteristics of the engine.
Genuine Performance and Handling
Ford Team RS performance
vehicle specialists have a mission: to ensure that the new Focus ST
delivers the pure performance and handling everyone expects from a
genuine Ford ST model.
Compared to the standard Focus, the ST model will feature a
comprehensive range of enhancements including a chassis lowered by
10mm, a substantially different variable ratio steering system, high
performance brakes and unique suspension tuning, that will enable
the vehicle to deliver the acclaimed ST handling agility and poise.
Naturally, the ST will also benefit from the performance
improvements being delivered by the next-generation Focus vehicle
architecture. Features like a stronger, stiffer body structure,
optimised front and rear suspension system designs, and a new
electric power assisted steering (EPAS) system all contribute to
superior vehicle dynamics and improved refinement.
Unprecedented Level of Smart
Focus ST drivers will
also be able to take advantage of the unprecedented level of smart
new technologies incorporated in Ford’s latest global C-car
platform, including advanced new driver assistance, powertrain,
chassis and active safety features.
Many of these features, such as the advanced new Torque Vectoring
Control system – which acts like a torque vectoring differential to
enhance cornering stability and agility – have a direct impact on
improving driving quality to an even higher level.
“This is the third generation Focus ST and we are determined that
the new car will continue the strong heritage of affordable, high
performance ST models into the future,” said Jost Capito. “The
technology on offer with Ford's new global C-car platform will also
help to ensure that the Focus ST provides enthusiasts with an
exceptional driving experience.”
Unique High-Performance Exterior
The new Focus ST
features a highly distinctive sports exterior, providing significant
functional and aerodynamic benefits and clearly differentiating the
ST derivative from other models in the new Focus family.
While sharing the already sleek and dynamic profile of the new Focus
five-door, the ST features unique front- and rear-end designs,
together with muscular extended rocker panels and striking new alloy
wheels based on the classic Y-spoke ST pattern.
“The changes we have made to deliver superior aerodynamics and
vehicle performance have made the new Focus ST even more sporty and
distinctive,” explained Martin Smith, Executive Design Director.
“Exciting new design treatments at the front and rear give the ST a
much more dynamic and purposeful character, making it very clear
that this is definitely a sporting Focus.”
The more sporting design language is particularly evident at the
front end, where the twin upper and lower grilles of the standard
car are replaced by a prominent new one-piece design.
Representing the sportiest definition yet of Ford’s signature
trapezoidal grille, the bold one-piece design is placed higher on
the nose of the vehicle, and incorporates a distinctive hexagonal
mesh finished in high gloss black.
The front spoiler has a completely new configuration, with a deep
central splitter framed by small motorsport-inspired spoiler blades
on either side, which sweep round and encompass the fog lamps. The
spoiler blades are linked to the rest of the body lines through the
grille structure, which is reminiscent of the similar treatment in
the current Focus RS model.
The more assertive, sporting character of the front end is completed
by details like the gloss black finish to the headlamp bezels, and
the bold red ST badge on the one-piece grille.
From the side, muscular extended rocker panels emphasise the lowered
chassis, and the bold wheel arches are filled with 19-inch alloy
wheels which are the latest evolution of the classic Y-spoke ST
Dynamic Rear End Treatment
The rear bumper and
lower fascia is also completely new, with prominent diffuser-style
vents on either side which mirror the form of the front spoiler
blades. Rear lamps with a dark smoked tint enhance the sporty feel.
The new Focus ST has a high-performance exhaust system, which exits
the vehicle through a central dual-pipe outlet. The exhaust outlet
has been given a highly-distinctive design treatment with a strong
kinetic form which emulates the design themes on the rest of the
The car’s aerodynamic package is completed by a highly effective
integrated roof spoiler, which has been optimised to deliver
improved high-speed stability and reduced drag. With a larger, more
exaggerated design than the spoiler on the current Focus ST, it
incorporates ducting to the rear screen and has been carefully
integrated with the vehicle tailgate and roof.
Dramatic New Body Colour
The Paris preview car is
finished in a dramatic new 'Tangerine Scream' body colour, which
reflects the exciting and energetic new character of the Focus ST.
A spiritual successor to the signature Electric Orange finish of the
current Focus ST, Tangerine Scream is a very intense and vibrant
high-saturation metallic yellow-gold tone created using an
experimental process with multiple layers of tinted lacquer.
“Such an exciting new car deserves an exciting new finish and we
believe that this vibrant new colour will prove just as memorable as
Electric Orange,” said Martin Smith. “You can expect to see a very
similar shade when the ST reaches the showroom.”
To complement the vibrant exterior colour, the 19-inch alloy wheels
have a warm, anodised Golden Graphite finish. Their sophisticated
five-spoke design is contrasted by the brake calipers which are
brightly painted in body colour.
Bold High-Contrast Sports Cockpit
The performance theme
from the exterior is echoed inside the car, with a very bold
high-contrast sports cockpit featuring Recaro seats, unique
instrumentation and modern, highly technical finishes.
Dramatically-bolstered and rally-inspired Recaro leather and fabric
front seats provide an ideal balance between sporting support and
long-distance comfort, and form the centrepiece of the cabin.
The seats are finished in high-quality Charcoal Black leather,
offset by bold orange gold panels in a neoprene fabric and vibrant
yellow-gold contrast stitching. The central Charcoal Black fabric
seat panels feature a rugged embossed design in the style of a
performance tyre tread pattern. The rear Recaro seats are finished
in the same distinctive style.
Throughout the cabin, unique details ensure that the Focus ST
clearly signals its sporting intent. Three additional gauges for
turbo boost, oil pressure and oil temperature are housed in a
dedicated binnacle on the upper instrument panel; the instrument
cluster features unique ST sports graphics with red needle pointers;
and the centre console has a technical carbon-effect finish.
The interior has the signature ST treatment of a dark interior
environment, with black headlining, bespoke steering wheel and a
gear knob featuring the ST logo, plus metal racing pedals.
The premium sports feel of the cabin is enhanced by a generous use
of Charcoal Black leather with vibrant yellow-gold contrast
stitching on many of the interior surfaces, including the seats,
door panels, central armrest, steering wheel, gearshift gaiter and
the top of the instrument binnacle.
“The Focus ST will be a serious driving machine, and we have
developed a purposeful exterior combined with a cockpit that blends
sporting function with impressive comfort,” said Stephen Odell. “The
approach of form following function is a key part of the ST DNA, and
we have remained true to that both inside and outside the vehicle.”