The big-screen adaptation of the 1970’s cop show ‘The Sweeney’ premiered tonight in London, marking the silver screen debut of Ford's first global performance car, the Ford Focus ST hatchback. The Sweetney stars Ray Winstone as Jack Regan and Ben Drew as George Carter. The duo lead a cast of hard-hitting cops who are pursuing London's criminals in black Ford Focus ST. The high-performance hatchbacks are powered by 2.0-litre 250PS EcoBoost engines, ensuring that the film’s criminals have a hard time getting a clean getaway from the cops. Nick Love, director and co-writer of The Sweeney, remarked that it was important for him to collaborate with Ford on The Sweeney, as the carmaker’s legacy with the original TV show is so strong, adding that Ford is the perfect partner. He also praised the Ford Focus ST, saying that he likes the car so much that he wants one.
The film features a high-octane chase scene wherein the Ford Focus ST goes head to head with a Jaguar XFR. The cars will again recreate their duel this weekend at CarFest North at Cholmondeley, Cheshire, after appearing at CarFest South in August. The 1970s Sweeney TV series starred Regan and Carter as well as their Flying Squad colleagues driving Ford Granadas, Consuls and Cortinas to secure the streets of London.
According to Anthony Ireson, Ford Britain marketing director, the new Focus ST is a “hugely exciting car for Ford” and will be a car for real driving enthusiasts. The Ford Focus went on sale at showrooms this month and is available in five other colours including Tangerine Scream and Spirit Blue. Prices range from £21,995 for the Ford Focus ST five-door and at £23,095 for the estate body style. Ford dealers had received over 450 orders for Ford Focus ST as of the end of August.