The 2011 Ford Focus ST-R is going to make its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show, in Germany and it is announced to be fast, agile and competitive, aiming to reach the professionals, amateurs and track-day enthusiasts. The Frankfurt debut of the Focus ST-R is part of an aggressive motorsport presence for Ford, as its strategy to support motorsport development across its core global vehicle platforms gains traction. The Focus ST-R has been purpose-built for the track by Ford Racing in North America as a fully-prepared competition car although it strongly resembles the Focus ST road car. Ford Racing engineers enjoying great support from Ford's Global Performance Vehicle group, have skillfully built the all-new Focus ST-R so that it would be able to compete in a variety of series, such as Canadian Touring Car Series, World Challenge TC and Grand-Am ST. Jost Capito, director of Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsport Business Development, stated that the Focus and new Focus ST had been designed to be driver's cars from the beginning and the road-going Focus featured hadling, best-in-class brakes, design, functionality and powertrains that allowed them to develop a global technical specification for those teams that were eager to race the new Focus. As Ford's vision is to broaden availability to additional regions of the future, the all-new Focus ST-R will be available to order from Ford dealers in North America by seasoned hardcore professional drivers, amateur racers and track day enthusiasts as well. Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing, also commented that they were extremely thrilled to be taking the Focus ST-R from concept to reality in order to please motorsport enthusiasts initially in North America and possibly around the world, underlining the fact that they were hopeful that the ST-R would be the first vehicle for global series.
The competitive race car gives customers the possibility to compete in multiple series around the world with just a few modifications. Stock body panels feature the Focus ST-R production-based road race car and the people who will buy it, will be enjoying a fully prepared racer car that only requires communications equipment and the customer's decals to go racing. Focus ST-R adds momentum to the new Focus motorsport story launched by Team Aon in the British Touring Car Championship.
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