2013 NAIAS: Shelby upgrades the Ford Focus ST

Article by Christian A., on January 16, 2013

Shelby has introduced a front wheel drive Shelby Focus ST. This driver-focused performance masterpiece was extensively tested at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Shelby had a budget in mind when it made this project. The car is lowered by the new Ford Racing suspension pieces. Meanwhile, the wheels and tires enhance the grip and traction. Its braking power is improved with the bigger Shelby spec brakes with drilled rotors.

When combined with the sound of the Shelby/Borla exhaust, it becomes distinctively Shelby. The interior is totally customized with a Shelby shifter and it also comes with the unique Shelby CSM badge. The exterior can be quickly recognized due to its functional hood vents, hydro-carbon front and rear grille inserts, Shelby lettering and rear Hydro-carbon spoiler.

Shelby offers three visual graphics packages, which range from “traditional” Shelby stripes to more edgy Shelby checkered flag splash or competition graphics.

Shelby American put in some stylish hydro-carbon components and it is presently working on an optional performance tune that would give its power a major boost. The 2013 Shelby Focus ST post-title package has a starting price of $14,995 (excluding the Ford Focus ST). Only 500 units per model year will be produced.

New Ford Focus ST carries the ST range’s detailed DNA beneath its skin. This DNA has been established in the carmaker’s global performance car strategy. Ford’s Global Performance Vehicles group, which is composed of the Special Vehicles Team in the U.S. and the Ford Team RS – Europe, worked together with input from Ford’s experts in Africa and in the Asia Pacific region to devise a strategy to be adhered to by all future global performance cars produced by Ford.

Jost Capito, director of Global Performance Vehicles at Ford, contended that the Focus ST did not come around by chance. He explained that what came first was their global performance strategy, which was developed in coordination with their divisions in Europe, North America, and Asia. With this, key DNA characteristics for all ST models, such as the steering, the sound quality, the power enhancements, and the driving dynamics, were all defined to the point that their engineers can take this global DNA fingerprint then use it to produce the new Focus ST.

What’s more, like all future ST cars, the new Focus ST carries core physical DNA attributes such as the aggressively enhanced bumpers, the sideskirts, the rear spoiler, and the unique signature color.

Ford Focus ST also delivers similar driving attributes that make all of the carmaker’s 'Sports Technologies' vehicles stand out among their rivals. The engine, chassis, comfort, and sound of both wagon and 5-door Focus ST models are tuned harmoniously in order to deliver a sporty experience plus a level of refinement that is not often seen in the sector where they belong. These very attributes make up the genetic code for models in the future that bear the ST badge.

Press Release

Shelby Ford Focus ST

Shelby American, Inc., a division of Carroll Shelby International (CSBI.PK), unveiled today its new 850 horsepower 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake "Wide Body" as well as the new performance tuned Shelby Focus ST at the North American International Auto Show. The two cars represent bookends in the lineup of high performance vehicles available from Shelby American.

"Carroll Shelby's innovative and aggressive hot-rodder spirit lives on at Shelby American today. " said John Luft, president of Shelby American. "His Cobra redefined the sports car genre and then Shelby turned what some called a 'secretary's car', the Mustang, into the fire-breathing GT350. A few years later, Shelby practically invented the American 'pocket-rocket' with the four-cylinder turbocharged, front wheel drive Shelby GLH. This year, we're returning to our roots with a pair of game-changing cars that will rewrite the rules for American performance."

Shelby American takes the stock 662 horsepower 2013 GT500 and boosts its performance to a street-legal 850 horsepower while keeping it 50 state emissions legal and tuned on 91 octane pump gas. Adding Shelby's new Wide Body option puts all that power to the pavement, and the rest is history.

"Now with 13 inch rear and 10 inch front wheels that are wrapped in serious rubber, the car launches and handles like the super car it is," added Gary Davis, vice president of production at Shelby American. The optional wide body package isn't just a cosmetic change, it now gives the Super Snake much more traction and makes it easy to exploit the Shelby's potential right past the competition."

Customers can choose between Satin Black, Gloss White, Silver, Blue and Red stripes. Offered now for the first time, wheel options include a rear-only or front and rear "wide body" packages.

Even though the new Wide Body Super Snake will have the chops to lead the muscle car pack, it is the return of Carroll Shelby's beloved "Pocket Rocket" that may be the biggest news in Detroit.

"Carroll Shelby ignored critics who said the turbo four Omni couldn't be an affordable performance car in the 1980s," noted Gary Patterson, vice president of Operations/Sales. "He proved them wrong with an impressive, lightweight four cylinder performer. Ford Motor Company's new Focus ST is the perfect platform for the rebirth of the front wheel drive turbo four cylinder Shelby. It is a car that Carroll wanted to build before his passing and is a worthy successor to his 'Pocket-Rocket' GLH."

Designed in the Shelby skunkworks and tested extensively at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the front wheel drive Shelby Focus ST is a driver-focused masterpiece of performance with a budget minded price.

New Ford Racing suspension pieces lower the car while the wheels and tires improve grip and traction. The bigger Shelby spec brakes with drilled rotors enhance the stopping power; along with the sound of the Shelby/Borla exhaust makes it uniquely Shelby. Inside, the car has a complete Shelby branded custom interior, Shelby shifter and finished off with the unique Shelby CSM badge. On the outside, the Shelby is easily identified by its functional hood vents, hydro-carbon front and rear grille inserts, Shelby lettering and rear Hydro-carbon spoiler. Three visual graphics packages are offered, ranging from "traditional" Shelby stripes to more edgy Shelby checkered flag splash or competition graphics. Under the hood, Shelby American adds stylish hydro-carbon components and is developing an optional performance tune expected to significantly increase horsepower.

The post-title package for the 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake starts at $28,995 (662 hp) and $39,995 (850 hp). The wide body option adds another $14,995, not including the base GT500. The 2013 Shelby Focus ST post-title package begins at $14,995 not including the Ford Focus ST and will be limited to 500 per model year.

Shelby American is now accepting orders for the limited edition cars. Interested parties should contact their sales team at (702) 942-7325 or visit.

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