Hennessey HPE300 based on 2013 Ford Focus ST

Article by Christian A., on March 26, 2013

Hennessey Performance Engineering has presented a tuning package for the 2013 Ford Focus ST that it has dubbed as the HPE300. Two months ago, HPE president John Hennessey bought a 2013 Ford Focus ST for his everyday driving needs. He recently subjected it to some modifications that he has decided to unveil to the public.

HPE300 package features a cold air intake that raises its output by around 14hp and 7 pound-feet of torque. It has also been given an ECU reflash that boosts output further by 36 hp and 44 lb-ft of torque. The package also includes an optional Magnaflow cat-back exhaust that adds 7 or 8hp to the hot hatch.

With all these changes, the 2013 Ford Focus ST can now deliver 310 hp and 320 lb-ft from the stock output of 252 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Only 300 units of this package are available.

The standard package has a price tag of $1,495 and features the ECU tune and intake. Opting for the Magnaflow exhaust will add $695 more to the price. Also included in the kit are serial-numbered dash and engine plaques and an HPE300 badge for the rear.

Beneath the new Ford Focus ST’s skin is a detailed ST range DNA, as established in the American carmaker’s global performance car strategy. The Global Performance Vehicles group, which is composed of Ford Team RS - Europe and Special Vehicles Team - US, along with input from the company’s experts in the African and Asia Pacific regions, devised a strategy that will be adhered to by all Ford global performance cars in the future.

Jost Capito, Ford’s director for Global Performance Vehicles, said that the Focus ST did not come by chance. What came first, he explained, was the company’s global performance strategy, developed with North America, Asia, and Europe working together. With this, Ford ST’s core DNA attributes – such as the steering, sound quality, power enhancements, and driving dynamics – were defined to the extent Ford engineers could take the global DNA fingerprint then use it to come up with the new Ford Focus ST.

The new Focus ST, like all future ST cars, possesses core physical DNA attributes including aggressively enhanced bumpers, additional rear spoiler, and sideskirts with unique signature color.

Furthermore, the scintillating Focus ST, both five-door and wagon versions, delivers similar driving attributes that make all of Ford’s 'Sports Technologies' cars stand out. The vehicle’s chassis, engine, comfort, and sound are tuned harmoniously in order to deliver a genuinely sporty experience with a refinement level that is rarely present in its sector. All of these similar attributes will make up the DNA code for all future models that bear the ST badge.

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