Tuning group fifteen52 introduced the TrackSTer, a performance concept based on the Ford Focus ST, at the Chicago Auto Show. The TrackSTer is included in the team-up between Ford, Los Angeles-based fifteen52, and racer Ken Block named Project ST. Two other tuned Focuses will debut this year as part of Project ST.
The TrackSTer is meant to add track-ready performance while still being laid-back enough to be used on the streets. It features a short-throw shifter and performance exhaust from Ford Racing.
It also gets a more powerful clutch, bigger brakes, and Quaife limited-slip differential that are all developed for the Focus ST-R race car program. Aside from that, fifteen52 enhanced the Focus ST with forged internal components, a reflashed engine computer, and a bigger intercooler from Monotune.
In a statement, racing driver Ken Block said that collaborating with fifteen52 for this project was an “obvious choice” since both Ford Racing and Mountune have come up with “a potent package” that combines on-road performance with on-track performance.
It’s not clear if fifteen52 is planning to get their TrackSTer on sale, or if these parts will simply be sold for customers to install on their own.
Even if the TrackSTer was introduced at the show, it won’t stay on display during the Chicago auto show’s public days. The standard Ford Focus ST is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine with 252 hp.
It makes use of a torque-vectoring system to suppress under steer or wheel spin by applying the front brakes. However, the limited-slip differential may cancel out the need for that electronic system.
When likened to the regular Focus, the ST will highlight a complete array of enhancement that includes a lower, by 10mm, chassis, significantly modified variable ratio steering, high performing brakes, and exclusive suspension tuning. All this enables the car to provide the renowned ST driving nimbleness and composure.
Unsurprisingly, the ST will also advance from the improved performance delivered by the innovative Focus vehicle structure. Components like a tougher, sturdier body, maximised front and rear suspension designs, and a new electronic power-assisted steering (EPAS) system, all support the extraordinary vehicle performance and bettered refinement.
Unprecedented Level of Smart Technologies
Drivers of the Focus ST will also have access to unparalleled amounts of new smart technologies included in Ford's up-to-date worldwide C-car fundamentals that include newly enhanced driver assistance, powertrain, chassis, and active safety features.
Many features, like the newly improved Torque Vectoring Control system, which performs like a torque vectoring differential to improve stability and dexterity while cornering, directly impact the improved driving excellence to even greater levels.