Ford Focus ST has starring role in new crime movie ‘The Sweeney’

Article by Anita Panait, on September 4, 2012

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.

The new Focus ST boasts a very distinct sporty exterior, offering substantial benefits in function and aerodynamics and differentiating the ST clearly from other Focus models.

While having the same new sleek and vibrant Focus five-door profile, the ST has singular designs in the front and rear, along with strong, elongated rocker panels and new attractive alloy wheels inspired by the classic Y-spoke pattern.

The changes made to create the excellent aerodynamics and performance make the new Focus ST even more athletic and distinct. Compelling new designs in the front and back give it greater dynamism and a more purposeful characteristic, clearly communicating that this is very much a sporty Focus.

The sportier design ethos can really be seen in the front, where a pronounced new single-piece design replaces the typical twin upper and lower grilles.

Signifying the sportiest variation to date of Ford's hallmark trapezoid grille, the strong single-piece design is higher on the vehicle’s nose and blends in a distinct hexagon mesh with a high-gloss black finish.

The front spoiler is completely reconfigured, with a recessed central splitter surrounded by small racing-inspired spoiler blades that flow around the fog lights. These blades link to the rest of the body’s lines via the grille, which will remind you of the current Focus RS model since it has a similar look.

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