Ford shows off modded Focus hatches for SEMA
While there’s a lot of upside to the Ford Focus, it’s never really lived up to its name – there isn’t much to actually focus on.
However, it appears that Ford wants all of this to change at next week’s Speciality Market Equipment Association Show – or SEMA to most North American car enthusiasts.
Let’s take a look at the four concepts that will be alongside Ford’s standard line-up.
And it was all Yellow…
First up, the offering from the Universal Technical Institute. The colour is ‘Pennzoil Yellow’, and it certainly rocks the lubricant firm’s signature shade well. This lowered version of the standard Focus RS features a set of BC Racing coilers, a new intercooler, exhaust and intake.
This is the only one of the four concepts that isn’t based on the Focus RS. Instead, the Blood Type Racing offering is based on the Focus ST, though it has a Cobb Tuning Accessport engine management system and a Willwood brake kit to give it some extra edge.
Oh, and it doubles as a drone take-off point, too, with a custom-made AutoArt helipad on the roof rack – as you do.
The Dark Knight
If Ken Block and Batman decided to carpool in a Focus, we’d like to think it’d look like this: the Focus TriAthlete concept by VMP Performance.
It also packs more of a punch than a standard Focus RS. The Cobb Tuning engine management system finds itself another home in this one, alongside a carbon-fibre cold air intake and a high-performance intercooler, among other minor performance upgrades.
It sits on super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, so even Block himself may have problems getting the tail out in this one.
Oh. Yes. THIS is a concept car!
Meet the Focus RS by Rally Innovations. It’s fair to say that it has instantly swept us off our feet.
With Ford’s World Rallycross programme recently ousted, the Focus RS has no representation in the world of rally. That needs to change promptly, and hopefully this concept will convince the Blue Oval bigwigs!
It’s not just a gritty face either. This concept features coilover suspension, Eibach sway bars and high-performance brakes. The engine has been upgraded with a number of components from Essex-based Ford wizards Mountune.
All of these concepts are good fun, but for us, the Rally Innovations offering reigns supreme.
SEMA takes place between October 31 and November 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. Oh, how we’d love to be there…
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