We’ve all been waiting to hear when the Focus ST-R would be making its debut, and now we have an answer. According to Carscoop, the Focus ST-R will make its racing debut this Friday at the Grand Am 200 at Daytona Raceway.
For the uninitiated the Focus ST-R ain’t your momma’s Focus. Boasting the same 247 horsepower 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine as the street-legal Focus ST, the similarities end there. The Focus ST-R has a racing suspension, roll cage, onboard diagnostic equipment, racing seats, and everything else you’d need to go from the showroom to the race track.
The Focus ST-R will compete in the Grand Am Series’ Continental Tire Sport Car Challenge ST Class, where it will compete against the likes of Mini Coopers, Mazda MX-5’s, and BMW Z4’s among others. It won’t be easy, but we have a lot of faith in Ford’s new hot hatchback, and we have a whole new reason to tune into the Grand Am Series this weekend.