Tanner Foust is a busy guy these days. When he isn’t lighting up the small screen on Top Gear America, Foust can usually be found out on the racing circuit rocking any number of compact performance cars. Foust has had a lot of success on the RallyCross circuit, and in the X-Games as well, and the Ford driver was given exclusive access to the all-new, race-ready Focus ST-R.
This video shows Foust giving the Focus ST-R the once-over and taking it out on the track to see just how well it performs in the hands of a pro.
The answer? It performs remarkably well, and Ford is doing its customers quite the service by taking one of their most popular compact cars ever, and offering it as a race-ready warrior. Based on the upcoming street-legal Ford Focus ST (and even suing the same 247 horsepower 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine), the Focus ST-R has all the goodies one needs to race like a pro, including track-tuned suspension, roll cage, onboard diagnostics, and more.
All this racing gear ain’t cheap, and the Focus ST-R costs over $98,000. But Foust (who is on Ford’s payroll) seems rather impressed with the Focus ST-R from top to bottom, especially given the fact that the Focus ST-R was built with off-the-shelf Ford Racing Performance Parts. How many other brands can say that? Not too many, I wager, and Foust knows racing like few other people do, so we’ll take his word for it.