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2012 Ford Focus ST-R Test Drive With Tanner Foust: Video


After our first look at the race-ready 2012 Ford Focus ST-R at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, Ford released video of the car in motion last month.

A new clip gives us an even better look, this time piloted and reviewed by Tanner Foust.

For the presumably few unfamiliar, Tanner Foust does more than give visual relief to girlfriends and wives watching Top Gear with their guys. He’s an accomplished race driver and holds court on Octane Academy with fellow race pros Ken Block, Brian Deegan and Vaughn Gittin Jr.

The reality show putting regular folks through extreme-driving boot camp airs on Fuel network in February. Amped-up Fords (including the Focus) are used throughout the program; in fact, the whole thing is Ford’s baby.

With this in mind, it makes sense Foust doesn’t nitpick the ST-R. Chances are, he wouldn’t have a laundry list of gripes anyway. Ford Racing really did ready the ST-R for competition, not just looks. We’ll see how it performs when the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series races at Daytona International Speedway this weekend.

If you like what you see, your local Ford dealer will gladly accept your order--not just for a tantalizing 2013 Focus ST, but a genuine ST-R through Ford Racing if you so desire.

Adding the “R” adds quite a few Gs to the sticker. Beginning at $98,995, it may not seem cheap in enthusiasts’ eyes. But to anyone who knows the business side of racing, the ST-R could be a better value than prepping and dialing in a street car piece-by-piece.

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