Generating an undisclosed amount of horsepower (probably for competitive reasons) from its 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, the ST-R is a purpose-built track version of the Focus ST made to race in a variety of series, including Grand-Am ST, World Challenge TC, and Canadian Touring Car Series events. Ford hopes it will also see action in European series as well as one-off events like the 24 Hours of Nurburgring.
North American Ford dealers will be able to order the car first, straight from Ford Racing as a turn-key race car. Jamie Allison, director of Ford Racing, says, "“This is a competitive turn key race car that will allow our customers to compete successfully in multiple series around the world with minor modifications. And it shows the on-going alignment of Ford Racing with our Performance Vehicles development group." If you purchase one of these cars, all you'll need is a communications setup and whatever decals you run to be ready for the track.
Being a production-based road racer, the Focus ST-R uses stock body panels and other production parts wherever possible. Ford says the ST-R will also result in a wide range of Ford Racing parts to be offered both to racers and enthusiasts globally.
For more details on the car the ST-R is based on, check out the full details on the 2012 Ford Focus ST production model here.