Created to showcase the potential that lurks within the automaker's new hot-hatch, the Ford Focus TrackSter Project was unveiled at Chicago. A collaborative effort that involved noted LA-based tuner group fifteen52, rally-racing ace Ken Block and Ford Racing, this slick one-off is the first of three that fifteen52 will build to support Project Focus ST. In addition to numerous components from the Ford Racing Performance Parts catalog, it features go-faster bits developed by other suppliers for use on competition-spec Focus ST models.

To give the Focus TrackSter a serious does of visual bad attitude, fifteen52 fitted it with a full body kit including a custom rear spoiler and diffuser as well as fender flares used on a Focus that runs in the Chinese Touring Car Championship. Rebuilt by Mountune, the Focus ST's 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine features forged rods and pistons, a Mountune ECU and an upgraded Mountune high-capacity intercooler as well as a Ford Raving performance exhaust system. Power gets sent to the 6-speed manual transmission to the front wheels via a Quaife competition-spec Focus ST-R limited-slip differential and gear changes are facilitated by a Centerforce custom clutch kit -- also developed for the Focus ST-R -- and a Ford Racing short-throw shift kit. Deceleration duties on the Focus TrackSter are handled by race-ready StopTech brakes.

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Launched by the fifteen52 organization late last summer, Project ST has continued to pique the interest of enthusiasts in ever-increasing numbers. Brad Beardow, fifteen52 co-owner, intends to keep that momentum going by displaying the Focus TrackSter Project and its two yet-to-surface siblings at various events across the country during the remainder of this year.


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