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by Tim Beissmann

The race-ready Ford Focus ST-R will cost almost $100,000 in the US when it goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Ford Racing has put a US$98,995 sticker on the Focus ST-R, which was unveiled at September’s Frankfurt motor show.

Ford says the ST-R is an example of the brand’s fresh global approach to product development. The turnkey racer’s high-performance 2.0-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost engine was developed by Ford in collaboration with race teams from around the world who have experience building and racing the Focus.

Ford says the final result is a competitive global racing platform that can be customised for regional competitions, based on local rules. The Focus ST-R is intended to compete in the Grand-Am ST class and the World Challenge’s touring car class, as well as events like the Nurburgring 24-hour.

The Focus ST-R’s powertrain is tuned by Ford Racing with a custom exhaust, engine calibration, high capacity radiator, clutch, oil cooler, and a six-speed manual transmission with limited-slip differential.

The suspension package comprises AST performance adjustable dampers, upgraded sway bars with adjustable end links, upgraded bushings, control blade multi-link rear suspension and adjustable front camber plates.

The ST-R rides on 18-inch BBS one-piece cast alloy wheels, which sit in front of 320mm front brakes and production rear brakes with race pads. The chassis incorporates a seam-welded steel unibody with an FIA-certified safety cage.

The exterior scores the 2012 Focus ST body kit with brake cooling ducts and bonnet pins, while the cockpit is fitted with lightweight wiring harnesses, Recaro racing seat, GPS data system, short-throw shifter, fire suppression system, six-point safety harness, driver safety nets, quick-release steering wheel and carbon fibre centre panel and switches.

The Ford Focus ST-R will be available from all Ford dealerships in the US.




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