Ford has already taken the wraps off the production version of the 2012 Focus ST as we'll see it here in the U.S. (more or less) and its tantalizing but off-limits Wagon counterpart. Now it's time for the Focus ST-R, the racing variant of the ST hatchback.
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