Ford SVT Focus Competition concept demonstrates tuning, motorsports potential
The Ford SVT Focus Competition concept, unveiled last week at the Specialty Equipment Market Association's (SEMA) International Auto Salon, is a demonstration by Ford of the SVT Focus' potential to evolve into a highly competitive car for grassroots motorsports such as autocross, drag racing, club racing and rallying.
"The SVT Focus will be very competitive right out of the box in many forms of racing, and in particular at autocross events," said Tom Scarpello, sales and marketing manager for the Ford Special Vehicle Team (SVT), "But there are always steps that can be taken to be even more competitive. The Competition concept was put together by several SVT employees that have racing experience. This is their vision of a competitive SVT Focus."
The transformation begins with lowering the weight of the car to improve the power-to-weight ratio. The removal of sound absorption materials, the radio, air conditioning system, and backseat save close to 150 pounds. Other weight saving measures include the replacement of the hood with a carbon fiber piece and the use of lightweight racing seats and wheels. The project weight for the Competition is 2,500 lbs., about 250 lbs. less than the stock curb weight. The weight savings deliver a 10 percent improvement in the power-to-weight ratio.
The production 2002 SVT Focus, which began arriving at Ford SVT-certified dealerships earlier this month, features a 2.0L SVT Zetec DOHC 4-cylinder engine, producing 170 horsepower and 145 ft.-lbs. of torque mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Other features include unique front and rear fascias, a spoiler, 17-inch wheels with high performance tires, larger brakes, and an SVT-tuned suspension. Priced at $17,995 (MSRP including destination & delivery), the SVT Focus promises to offer the most performance available for under $18,000.
Ford SVT began its 'Partners in Performance' relationship with key aftermarket companies during the development of the 2000 SVT Mustang Cobra R. Those partnerships have grown and other relationships have been forged through the recently initiated Ford-SEMA Technology Initiative. Also on display this weekend is the yellow SVT Focus 'SEMA' project car that was introduced at the November 2001 SEMA show in Las Vegas. It marked the first SVT vehicle developed in conjunction with the Ford-SEMA Technology Initiative. The SVT Focus Competition is the second.
Aftermarket performance equipment included on the SVT Focus Competition:
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