ST becomes the Focus of The Sweeney



So. An all-new film version of The Sweeney is set to star the new Ford Focus ST when it hits screens next year.


Flying Squad detectives Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) and George Carter (Ben Drew, aka Plan B) will squeal their way around London in a black Focus ST chasing baddies.

According to Ford's press bumf, the 250hp hot hatch is "a hugely exciting car for Ford with terrific dynamic credibility. It will be a car for real driving enthusiasts, so Regan and Carter won't be disappointed."

"It was important for me to collaborate with Ford on The Sweeney as their legacy with the original TV show is so strong - they're the perfect partner. I like the Ford Focus ST so much, I want one!" says the film's director, Nick Love.


Here at PH Towers, we're not so sure. Is a hot hatch really suitable wheels for the likes of Regan and Carter, who originally screeched about in velour-tastic Granadas, Consuls and Capris. Maybe if they re-made The Professionals the ST would find a more apt home.

Having said that, we're not sure exactly what cars would be the spiritual successors to the 70s originals, and as long as Winstone can pull off 'get your trousers on; you're nicked!' with sufficient aplomb, we'll be happy enough...

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  • onyx39 23 Nov 2011

    Not sure what else they would use, no direct replacement for the Granada... a Mondeo perhaps? Regan = Mondeo man? not sure that would work either... I guess if they wanted to stay with Ford, they would have little other choice.

  • E-B 23 Nov 2011

    But will they be crashing through strategically placed piles or empty boxes as they race around the industrial wastelands of London? And will the villians be driving old Jag's?

  • LuS1fer 23 Nov 2011

    Useless without RWD but that's hard to get without losing the blue collar touch, ruling out M5s and AMGs - so it would have to be a black VXR8 or maybe a Jag XFR.

  • G0ldfysh 23 Nov 2011

    That 70's retro gold colour would make more sense for a Sweeney refake.

  • SSCooperS 23 Nov 2011

    Words cannot describe how much I despise the gopping grille on that car.

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