Shelby tweaks Focus ST


It’s a name that might more usually be tagged onto a million-horse Mustang , but Shelby has its sights set on a new market: that of the hot hatch buyer with the release of a breathed-on Focus ST.

No extra power yet for the Shelby ST
No extra power yet for the Shelby ST
The arrival of the ST in the US last year has caused all sorts of big US Ford tuners such as Steeda and Roush to add the string of hot hatch tuning to their bows. Shelby is the latest, and like the others, its first package will be a mild selection of cosmetic and handling-based upgrades

There’s a new exhaust system , developed in conjunction with Borla, which will undoubtedly add a touch of extra power, but aside from that the Shelby additions run to a set of Ford Racing suspension, new drilled brake discs, new wheels and tyres, and a series of cosmetic tweaks both outside and in.


Cosmetics & handling first to be addressed
Cosmetics & handling first to be addressed
Having said that, Shelby does add that an optional 'performance tune' is in the offing, and they claim that it should ‘significantly increase horsepower’. So expect to see somewhere between 280 and 300hp, as per Mountune’s planned offering – but don’t expect much beyond that for now, as we’re led to believe that’ll be the point at which the standard turbo runs out of puff. Tuning for this model of ST is in its infancy, though, so if even more power is a must, don't be disheartened - bigger packages which include upgraded turbos are probably just around the corner.

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  • Papa Hotel 16 Jan 2013

    The bonnet vents aren't going to do very much, there's almost no flow in that area.

  • doogz 16 Jan 2013

    Papa Hotel said:
    The bonnet vents aren't going to do very much, there's almost no flow in that area.
    laugh

  • Papa Hotel 16 Jan 2013

    doogz said:
    laugh
    Ssh, the experts are coming. wink

  • RacingBlue 16 Jan 2013

    Shame Shelby didn't use the opportunity to rid the ST of it's gopping trout mouth.

  • FWDRacer 16 Jan 2013

    RacingBlue said:
    Shame Shelby didn't use the opportunity to rid the ST of it's gopping trout mouth.
    At least they've gone round the back and got rid of that abomination of a standard exhaust system. That looked like something inspired by Battlestar Galactica hehe

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