STRAIGHT-LINE OR CORNER: SPORTS TECHNOLOGIES BOOST ALL-NEW FOCUS ST FOR 'PUNCH IN THE BACK' PERFORMANCE
•All-new Focus ST 2.3-litre EcoBoost five-door hits 62mph from a standing start in 5.7 seconds; delivers faster in-gear acceleration than the previous generation Focus RS
•Sophisticated technologies including twin-scroll turbocharging with Ford GT inspired anti-lag, flat-shift capability and Launch Control boost performance off the line and on the move
•Driving dynamics optimised using intelligent electronic limited-slip differential and Continuously Controlled Damping. Electric Brake Booster supports ultimate stopping power
BRENTWOOD, Essex, July 1, 2019 –
Twelve per cent more powerful. Twelve per cent faster. Ford today revealed that the all-new Ford Focus ST five-door sprints from 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds – 0.8 seconds quicker than the previous generation model.
Powered by a 280PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine – 30PS more than the preceding Focus ST – the all-new model also achieves even faster in-gear acceleration than the acclaimed previous generation Focus RS.
Twin-scroll turbocharging technology contributes to segment-leading peak torque of 420Nm for immediate response to throttle inputs, and an innovative anti-lag system enables rapid delivery of boost on demand. Flat-shift capability for the six-speed manual gearbox and Launch Control* also help optimise standing start performance.
'The all-new Focus ST is about more than just straight-line speed, but the ability to go toe-to-toe with the now legendary Focus RS over a quarter-mile sprint shows just how much the Ford Performance team has moved the game on in the last four years,' said Leo Roeks, Ford Performance director, Europe. 'We've drawn inspiration from the Ford GT supercar, F-150 Raptor pick-up, Ford Mustang and Fiesta ST to develop a Focus ST capable of punching you in the back the moment you hit the throttle.'
The Focus ST 2.3-litre EcoBoost's low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger scavenges exhaust gasses more effectively to optimise the energy transferred into the turbine wheel – producing more power and delivering boost pressure faster. Separated exhaust channels transfer the gas pulses from cylinders one and four, and two and three – minimising pulse interference for a consistent flow of energy.
Anti-lag technology can electronically hold the throttle open for up to three seconds after the driver backs off the accelerator, alleviating the reversal of airflow from the turbocharger to maintain compressor wheel speed.
By keeping the turbocharger primed for immediate response and maintaining positive pressure in the intake manifold when off throttle, the innovative technology allows faster resumption of both boost pressure and optimised combustion when the driver returns to the accelerator. In addition, an electronically actuated turbocharger waste-gate allows closer control of boost pressures for enhanced engine performance.
Flat-shift capability can also help deliver ultimate standing start acceleration by automatically emulating anti-lag and holding the throttle open as the driver disengages the clutch to shift up through the short-throw, six-speed manual gearbox – maximising turbocharger response. A gear-shift indicator light, available with the optional Performance Pack, lets drivers know the optimal point to change gears, and Launch Control can be engaged to maximise grip off the line for consistently fast standing starts.
The all-new Focus ST's straight-line speed is matched by its cornering ability, optimised using Ford's first electronic limited-slip differential for a front-wheel drive model. Incorporated into the six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic transmissions for 2.3-litre EcoBoost models, the system uses hydraulically activated clutches to redistribute up to 100 per cent of available engine torque to the wheel with more traction to counteract wheelspin. The result is increased agility and a significant reduction in understeer during acceleration through, and out of, corners.
Faster to deploy and offering greater precision than a traditional mechanical limited-slip differential the system can pre-emptively adjust torque distribution using inputs from powertrain and vehicle dynamics sensors, and can apply differential locking gradually for fine-tuning performance.
In addition, Focus ST five-door models feature Continuously Controlled Damping technology that monitors suspension, body, steering and braking inputs every two milliseconds to adjust damping responses for optimised ride quality and driving dynamics. The system features three pre-set levels of damping to support the Focus ST's Selectable Drive Modes; one for Slippery/Wet and Normal modes; one for Sport mode; and another – delivering up to twice the vertical load resistance of Sport mode – for Track mode.*
The Focus ST also delivers greater stopping power than even the previous generation Focus RS, with 330mm front discs and front callipers each housing two 44mm diameter pistons. The braking system provides a more connected, confident and consistent pedal feel supported by a sophisticated Electric Brake Booster that builds brake pressure faster and, in Track mode, can further optimise stopping performance in braking scenarios developing 0.7g-force or more.
The all-new Focus ST is available from launch in five-door and estate body styles offering 280PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol and 190PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel powertrains with six-speed manual transmissions. Five-door and estate 2.3-litre EcoBoost seven-speed automatic variants will also be introduced from Autumn 2019.Source - Ford
ALL-NEW FORD FOCUS ST BLENDS TRACK-DAY PERFORMANCE, B-ROAD FUN AND EVERYDAY USABILITY WITHOUT COMPROMISE
•Ford introduces all-new Focus ST enhanced with advanced sports technologies for best-ever performance and agility in five-door and estate body styles
•Powerful, free-revving powertrains include 280PS, 420Nm, 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol with twin-scroll turbo and anti-lag; 190PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel with 400Nm from 2,000rpm
•First Ford front-wheel drive electronic limited-slip differential improves traction and stability. Rev-matching offered for short-shift six-speed manual gearbox. Seven-speed auto will follow
•Selectable Drive Modes a first for Focus ST, adjust features including throttle mapping and fastest Ford electric power-assisted steering to match performance to scenario
•Comfort and driving experience optimised with Recaro sports seats and advanced independent rear suspension configuration with available Continuously Controlled Damping
•Focus ST makes its dynamic ÚK debut at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed; Fiesta ST Ford Performance Edition – priced from £26,495 - makes appearance on Ford standBRENTWOOD, Essex, July 1, 2019 –
The all-new Focus ST – developed under the leadership of Ford Performance – delivers nimble hot-hatchback thrills in a stylish, comfortable and practical family car.
The all-new Focus ST builds on the class-leading driving dynamics of the fourth generation Focus in five-door and estate body styles. Ford's new C2 architecture is enhanced with unique suspension, braking and powertrain configurations for the most responsive and agile Focus ST driving experience ever – on road and track.
A new engine line-up makes up to 12 per cent more power available and 17 per cent more torque compared with the previous generation Focus ST. Ford's 280PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol and 190PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engines both deliver a broad spread of power and torque across the rev-range, for fast-revving sports performance.
Ford's first application of an electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) for a front-wheel drive vehicle, featuring on the EcoBoost-powered variants, further enhances the cornering and stability by sharpening responses to changing grip levels and driver inputs using computer-controlled pre-emptive actuation.
All-new Focus ST is available with a six-speed manual or quick-shifting new seven-speed automatic transmission, and now features selectable drive mode technology for the first time. This enables drivers to adjust the vehicle's character to suit the driving scenario. Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) – standard for five-door EcoBoost variants – enhances the short long arm (SLA) independent rear suspension configuration for ultimate refinement.
'Intelligent technologies like eLSD and CCD make our all-new Focus ST the most 'Jekyll and Hyde' yet, able to switch from refined tourer to focussed performance car at the push of a button,' said Leo Roeks, Ford Performance director, Europe. 'We've incorporated learnings from programmes including our Ford GT supercar and the acclaimed Focus RS to develop a mid-size performance car with a degree of flexibility that's unique in its segment.'
Responsive power delivery
A new generation of Ford's 2.3-litre EcoBoost all-aluminium engine is the most powerful ever offered for a Focus ST. Úsing advanced turbocharging technology to deliver 280PS power at 5,500rpm and 420Nm of torque from 3,000rpm to 4,000rpm, it is also the most free-revving Focus ST engine ever, and delivers 0-62mph acceleration in 5.7 seconds for the five-door model.
Engine response is enhanced using a low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger, which scavenges exhaust gas energy more effectively using separated channels to minimise interference between gas pulses. An electronically actuated waste-gate allows closer control of boost pressures for optimised engine performance. In addition, a unique exhaust system that reduces back pressure, bespoke air intake system and optimised intercooler further improve breathing.
Innovative anti-lag technology developed for the Ford GT supercar and F-150 Raptor pick-up is introduced to the Focus ST, for immediate power delivery in Sport and Track Drive Modes. Anti-lag keeps the throttle open when the driver lifts off the accelerator pedal, alleviating the reversal of air flow from the turbocharger to maintain compressor wheel speed and enabling boost pressure to build faster on demand.
The Focus ST 2.3-litre EcoBoost delivers up to 35.7mpg fuel efficiency, and 179g/km CO2 emissions, while the 190PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel variant - the most powerful diesel engine ever offered for a Ford Focus - delivers up to 58.8mpg and 125g/km CO2 emissions.
The Ecoblue diesel engine delivers peak power at 3,500rpm and 400Nm of torque between 2,000rpm and 3,000rpm – and 360Nm from 1,500rpm – for immediate and linear acceleration. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 7.6 seconds for the five-door model.
A low-inertia variable geometry turbocharger; steel pistons for less expansion when hot; and an integrated intake system with innovative mirror-image porting for optimised combustion help to deliver a diesel powertrain that produces 10 per cent more power and more than twice as much torque as the 2.0-litre Duratec ST petrol engine in the first generation Focus ST.
The Focus ST's six-speed manual transmission enables more urgent gear-changes and provides a sportier feel with a shift-throw reduction of seven per cent, compared with the standard all-new Focus. Ford's new rev-matching technology that debuted on the new Ford Mustang is also introduced as part of an optional Performance Pack for 2.3-litre EcoBoost manual models.
Delivering smoother, faster downshifts, the technology is accompanied by a shift indicator light, and uses the engine's electronic control system to briefly 'blip' the throttle as the driver engages a lower gear – matching the engine rotation speed to that of the gear that is being selected. Rev-matching enables less-experienced performance drivers to benefit from the seamless, momentum-maintaining gearshifts delivered by the 'heel-and-toe' driving technique.
From later this year, a new seven-speed variant of Ford's latest intelligent automatic transmission family will complement the rewarding, engaging and sporty 2.3-litre EcoBoost driving experience. Gear differentiation is optimised for performance, and Adaptive Shift Scheduling – which assesses individual driving styles to optimise gearshift timings – is enhanced to offer more flexibility and the ability to differentiate between road and track use. Drivers can select gears manually using steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifters.
'The EcoBoost petrol and EcoBlue diesel powertrains have unique characters, but are equally charismatic,' Roeks §äid. 'The Focus ST's sporty 'pops and bangs' soundtrack perfectly matches the car's feisty performance and is an essential part of the ST experience.'Intuitive dynamics enhanced with technology
Building on accomplished Ford Focus driving dynamics, the new Focus ST was developed to blend B-road fun-to-drive, legitimate track-day performance, and everyday usability better than any vehicle in its class.
The SLA suspension configuration helps optimise the vehicle's responses to driver inputs without sacrificing comfort, and includes a unique geometry for estate models that repositions the dampers helping the vehicle remain nimble and responsive even when fully loaded. The agile and energetic character of the standard Focus is retained using the original spring specifications, with damping stiffness increased up to 20 per cent at the front and 13 per cent at the rear, and ride height reduced by 10mm, to improve road-holding and response in performance driving scenarios.
Ford's sophisticated CCD technology monitors suspension, body, steering and braking inputs every 2 milliseconds to adjust damping responses for outstanding ride quality and driving dynamics.
The driving experience is further enhanced using eLSD technology for Focus ST 2.3-litre EcoBoost models. Incorporated into the transmission, the system uses hydraulically activated clutches to redistribute up to 100 per cent of available engine torque to the wheel with more traction to counteract wheelspin. The result is increased agility and a significant reduction in understeer during acceleration through, and out of, corners.
The Borg Warner-developed technology is faster to deploy and offers greater precision than a traditional mechanical LSD. The system can pre-emptively adjust torque distribution using inputs from powertrain and vehicle dynamics sensors, rather than responding to wheelspin as it occurs, and can apply differential locking gradually for fine-tuning performance.
Focus ST 2.0-litre EcoBlue models feature Torque Vectoring Control technology, which improves road holding and reduces understeer by applying brake force to the inside front wheel when cornering.
The all-new Focus ST steals Ford's fastest-steering-response crown from the acclaimed Fiesta ST. The electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system is 15 per cent faster than the standard Focus, requiring just two turns lock-to-lock.
Class-leading connected feel is supported by unique steering knuckle geometry, with a rod attachment point 9 mm further forward and 6.5mm higher than the standard Focus for sharper responses. New Steering Torque Disturbance Reduction software for EPAS also helps reduce torque steer, making it even easier to deploy with precision the Focus ST's power and torque via bespoke-specification Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.
Larger front and rear brake components provide the foundation for a high performance braking system with improved stopping power and fade resistance. Front disc dimensions have grown to 330mm x 27mm and feature dual-piston callipers. Rear discs now measure 302mm x 11mm. Focus ST braking performance was verified using the same demanding test procedures as the Ford GT supercar, and achieved almost four-times the fade resistance performance of the previous generation Focus ST in testing.
The C2 architecture's Electric Brake Booster (EBB) further demonstrates its advantages in the Focus ST application. The technology builds brake pressure faster than a hydraulic system for a more connected, confident and consistent pedal feel across a broader range of operating conditions. For the Focus ST, this means the system can both mitigate for changes in braking behaviour experienced during high performance driving, and can adjust the braking dynamics for optimised performance in extreme braking scenarios on track.
In addition, Slippery/Wet, Normal, Sport and – for models equipped with the Performance Pack – Track Drive Modes adjust eLSD, CCD, EPAS, throttle mapping, automatic transmission shift scheduling, electronic stability control, electronic sound enhancement (ESE) and climate settings to suit the driving scenario. A dedicated 'Sport' button on the flat-bottomed steering wheel gives direct access to Sport mode, and an additional 'Mode' button allows drivers to quickly scroll through the Drive Mode options.
'Selecting Track mode instantly introduces higher steering efforts for more feedback; tunes the throttle to be more aggressive; instructs the eLSD to deliver maximum traction; and gives drivers more leeway within the ESC system,' Roeks §äid. 'Drivers can have full confidence in the Focus ST's ability to deliver on the track.'
The traditional Focus ST gauge cluster benefits from a contemporary execution inspired by the Ford GT supercar. Digital turbocharger boost pressure, oil pressure and oil temperature gauges are now displayed in a bespoke Ford Performance screen on the 4.2-inch, TFT colour instrument display. Launch Control for consistently fast standing starts on track is also delivered via the Performance Pack for 2.3-litre EcoBoost models.
Developed for form and function
Developed to be as comfortable as it is fun-to-drive, the all-new Focus ST exploits the class-leading roominess and exceptional refinement of the standard Focus range, and features an upscale interior that balances everyday practicality and a true sporty driving experience.
Ford Performance engineers fine-tuned the positioning of supportive Recaro front seats to complement the connected and in-control feel for the driver, while ESE technology amplifies genuine engine and exhaust noise in Sport and Track modes – heightening the sports driving sensation and delivering additional feedback to assist performance drivers.
Tuned engine mounts and an isolated subframe – alongside available CCD technology – increase refinement for all occupants. Generous front shoulder room and best-in-class rear knee clearance combine with maximum 1,576-litre estate luggage capacity and a boot space that can comfortably accommodate a large dog crate, for maximum comfort and practicality.
In addition to the sports steering wheel and Recaro seats with partial leather and Miko Dinamica materials, the unique Focus ST interior intensifies the sporty atmosphere with an ST-embossed aluminium gear knob and scuff plates; alloy pedals; metallic hexagonal and satin silver decorative elements; and metal grey stitching for the seats, door inserts and centre console soft side pads.
The Focus ST builds on the premium, sporting Focus silhouette with subtle, functional styling changes and unique alloy wheel designs. Revised upper and lower front grille designs are optimised for increased cooling capability, and bold signature lower wing elements channel air in to the air-curtain inlets for improved aerodynamic performance.
A larger, more steeply angled rear roof spoiler increases downforce to support the Focus ST's driving dynamics. A twin exit tailpipe configuration borders the aggressively styled rear diffuser element, and improves practicality by delivering the towing capability that was prevented by the centre-exit tailpipes of the previous generation Focus ST. The Performance Pack also adds red brake callipers.
Exterior colour options chosen to emphasise the Focus ST's dynamic styling include exclusive Ford Performance Blue and Orange Fury, alongside Frozen White, Magnetic grey, Race Red, Ruby Red and Shadow Black. It also comes with Magnetite Matt-finished, 19-inch alloy wheels.
The Focus ST also benefits from the comprehensive range of sophisticated Ford driver assistance technologies introduced for the all-new Focus in 2018. Seamlessly integrated technologies that enable an intuitive, stress-reducing and refined driving experience include:
•Adaptive Cruise Control now enhanced with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition and Lane-Centring for effortlessly negotiating stop-start traffic
•Ford's Adaptive Front Lighting System with new camera-based predictive curve light and sign-based light that pre-adjust headlamp patterns for improved visibility by monitoring bends in the road and – for the first time in the industry – road signs
•Active Park Assist 2 (auto transmission only) that operates gear selection, acceleration and braking in addition to steering, to enable fully-automated manoeuvres at the push of a button
•Ford's first Head-up display to be offered in Europe, helping drivers focus their attention on the road ahead
•Evasive Steering Assist, a segment-first technology that helps drivers steer around stopped or slower vehicles to help avoid collisions
Ford's SYNC 3 connectivity system allows drivers to control audio, navigation and climate functions plus connected smartphones using simple voice commands supported by an 8-inch colour touchscreen. The system provides Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™ compatibility free of charge, and available FordPass Connect embedded modem technology turns the vehicle into a mobile WiFi hotspot with connectivity for up to 10 devices
'Our target was to deliver an all-new Focus ST that is as effortless to drive day-to-day as the rest of the Focus line-up,' Roeks §äid. 'The model's comprehensive range of technologies means customers gain exhilarating ST performance without sacrifice.'
The all-new Focus ST will make its ÚK dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, running in the Manufacturers Batch on Thursday 4rd July.
Also on display at the Festival of Speed is the new Fiesta ST Ford Performance Edition, on sale now at £26,495. Limited to just 600 examples, all in three-door bodystyle, the Ford Performance edition is finished in Deep Orange paint and gains specially-designed Ford Performance parts, including lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels and a Ford Performance coilover suspension pack with stainless steel damper housing and powder-coated Ford Performance Blue springs.Source - Ford