Ford Focus ST gets starring role at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 16, 2012

You don’t have to wait until the movie, The Sweeney, is released this September to view Ford’s first global performance car as it will be previewed this summer at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The black Ford Focus ST, which will be driven by stunt drivers instead of the movie’s Flying Squad detectives Jack Regan and George Carter, will race against a Jaguar XFR in going up the Goodwood hillclimb.

Since the start of the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 1993, Ford has always served as a major sponsor and this year is no different. Ford will still be in full support of this event over the weekend of June 29 to July 1, 2012. The Festival of Speed is the premier historic motor sporting event in Europe, combining a hillclimb, rally stage, garden party, and motor show.

These activities will take place in the grounds of Goodwood House, the ancestral home of the Earl of March in West Sussex. Delivering the special Ford Focus ST prototypes to the set of The Sweeney in October 2011 was a secret affair. The other models used in the cast as unmarked Flying Squad vehicles include Ford Mondeo, Galaxy and Transit models.

Nick Love, the director and co-writer of The Sweeney, has helmed previous films like The Football Factory and The Firm. He said that it’s important to collaborate with Ford on The Sweeney. Ford is closely linked with the 1970s Sweeney TV series.

They expect that Regan, Carter and their Flying Squad colleagues will be using a group ofFord Granada, Consul and Cortina models to make the streets of London a safer place. The filming had also used the services of production Companies Vertigo and Embargo Films.

The film is star-studded with The Sweeney stars Ray Winstone as Jack Regan and Ben Drew (aka Plan B) as George Carter. It also features Hayley Atwell (from Captain America), Damian Lewis (Homeland), Steven Mackintosh (Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans) and Paul Anderson (The Firm).

At the core of the charm of the newly released Focus ST is a machine with an extraordinary 250 PS derivative of the proficient and innovative 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost four-cylinder engine running on petrol.

Following the turbocharged five-cylinder, 2.5 litre model of the current European brand, this distinctive 250 PS Ford EcoBoost engine is particularly made for the latest Focus ST to make sure that the auto gets the strong performance – and the motivating sound that it deserves. It also marks the first time for this four-cylinder engine to be applied in a top-of-the-line model.

In comparison with other engines used in other Ford models, the 250 PS unit showcases a redefined exhaust and intake systems and a matchless engine calibration to achieve the desired level of receptiveness and power.

The engine keeps the robust torque delivery that is one of the features boasted by the designs from Ford EcoBoost, with a flat, wide torque curve delivering a max output of 360 Nm.

Being part of a totally new breed of downsized, low-CO2, efficient petrol engines from the American brand, the 2.0-litre EcoBoost is not heavy at all, and has a design which is completely aluminum. It mixes three kinds of technology – low-inertia turbocharging, high-pressure direct injection, and twin independent variable cam timing – to produce a cutting-edge combustion system that attains a performance level and fuel efficiency previously unheard of in this range.

This super efficient 250 PS machine does not only bring in over a 10 per cent increase in power and torque compared to the existing 2.5-litre unit, but it is also projected to decrease fuel use and CO2 releases by higher than 20 per cent.

Typically, Ford Focus ST is a manual transmission running on 6-speed, fully tuned to reach a sporting feel that matches the characteristics of the engine’s performance.

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