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).

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