Ford are to lift the curtain on the latest version of their high-performance Focus ST at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Goodwood Festival Of Speed Hill Climb
The new Focus will debut as part of the ‘First Glance’ category at the festival this coming Friday, with a roster of professional drivers showcasing its abilities on the world-famous hill climb throughout the duration of the event.
Ford have said that the latest iteration of the ST will be the result of a radical overhaul, with diesel engines available on the model for the first time in its history.
Power will reportedly remain the same as the previous version, a gnarly 247bhp from a 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine. Ford bosses, however, have promised that the new ST will be far more aggressive in both performance and looks, saying that the previous model was ‘a bit tame’.
Steering and suspension tweaks to further sharpen the handling are also expected, as well as minor interior trim updates. The exterior is also to undergo a new overhaul with a revised grille to match the latest Fiesta, as well as pumped-up side sills, bumpers and a larger rear wing.
New Ford Focus ST video
Official images have yet to be released, but Ford have released a teaser image, as well as a video ahead of the car’s global debut.
First launched in 2002, Ford has now sold more than 140,000 Focus ST models in over 40 countries, and the car was named the best hot hatch of 2012 by the Auto Express Awards and by BBC’s Top Gear.
In addition to the ST’s debut on the track and at the company’s stand, Ford are also teaming up with entertainment giant Sony to stage the first-ever race between a real car and its virtual counterpart on Goodwood’s hill.
On the first run of each day, the new Focus ST will compete in real time against its virtual model from the new Gran Turismo 6 game.
A designated gamer at the Ford stand will pit their skills against driver Ben Collins, the former Top Gear Stig, with the race displayed on screens throughout the festival grounds. Visitors to the stand will also have a chance to record their own times on the Gran Turismo simulators.
In addition to the new Focus ST, Ford will also debut the new recently-revealed Mustang for the first time in the UK at Goodwood. The Mustang is available with a new four-cylinder 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine under the bonnet which reportedly produces 305bhp.
Ford will also reveal a convertible version of the Mustang, while a 5.0-litre Mustang Fastback will compete in the Goodwood event’s supercar class.