The new Ford Focus ST is the most advanced version yet, offering an even more responsive, balanced and refined driving experience with new chassis control technologies, tuned suspension and steering, and bespoke tyre specification.
“The new Focus ST delivers an even more sophisticated balance of performance, driving dynamics, refinement and style, which are at the core of the Ford Performance DNA,” says Tracey Delate, General Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA). “Now even more enjoyable and rewarding to drive, the new Focus ST is in a class of its own.”
The Focus ST also benefits from the increased technology and craftsmanship that debuted in the new Focus which was launched in South Africa in March this year.
The sporty and aggressive new five-door model offers outstandingtechnologies and features, including the SYNC®2 in-car connectivity system.
Enhanced driving dynamics
The Focus ST’s award-winning development team, part of the global Ford Performance organisation, made improving the entire driving experience the number one objective for the new Focus ST.
The strengthened body structure of the new Focus ST provided the foundation for the improvements. The enhanced front-end body stiffness – achieved by increasing the thickness of two structural brackets within the engine bay and using a stronger metal arc welding technique – delivers reduced body flex during cornering, resulting in sharper responses and greater agility.
The sports suspension features all-new front springs and sportier new shock absorber tuning in the front and rear, with stiffer suspension bushes on the front lower control arm and rear spring links. In combination with the model-specific anti-roll bars and rear springs from the previous generation ST, these enhancements deliver an even sharper dynamic performance.
The calibration of the Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) and electronic vehicle control systems has also been revised to meet the specific sporting requirements of the new Focus ST.
Key innovations include the industry-first Enhanced Transitional Stability (ETS) system as part of the vehicle’s advanced Electronic Stability Control (ESC). ETS senses vehicle stability and driver inputs, predicts when a skid or loss of control might occur, and intervenes as required using individual wheel braking to maintain optimal precision and control during rapid changes of direction at speed – for example in a lane-change situation.
Ford Performance engineers have revised the Electronic Torque Vectoring Control settings that optimise wheel torque distribution, to further maximise traction through corners, reduce understeer and increase agility.
Focus ST drivers have the option of selecting three ESC system modes to suit different road or track conditions:
- Standard Mode – with ESC and traction control fully active
- Sport Mode – No engine torque reduction from traction control and ESC systems, and reduced ESC brake interventions to facilitate more sporty driving; ETS is disabled
- Off Mode – No engine torque reduction from traction control and ESC systems, and no ESC brake interventions (Torque Vectoring remains active); ETS is disabled
Power delivery refinement under hard acceleration – particularly front wheel traction and gear shift quality – is also assisted by engine mounts engineered specifically to accommodate the performance of the new Focus ST.
“Ford has long enjoyed a reputation for producing performance hatchbacks with superb driving dynamics, and the new Focus ST more than lives up to that pedigree,” Delate says. “The engineering enhancements to the suspension, steering and electronic control systems deliver greater responsiveness, agility, precision and an exciting driving experience.”
The 184kW 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine that powers the Focus ST has won critical acclaim around the world due to its exceptional combination of performance and efficiency. It is capable of powering the new Focus ST from 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds, while returning a combined fuel consumption of 6.8 l/100km* and 159 g/km CO2*.