April 22, 2002
Ford shows SVT Focus competition concept car
Long Beach, California – A Ford SVT Focus Competition concept car was introduced on Friday at the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s (SEMA) International Auto Salon in Los Angeles.
Ford said the SVT Focus Competition concept is a demonstration of what a customer can achieve, depending on how far they want to go in order to transform the SVT Focus into a competitive track car for 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 fibre 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 SVT Focus platform is an excellent starting point for those interested in grassroots racing,” Scarpello said. “The SVT Focus is an extremely capable performance car with an outstanding power curve, great brakes, and a terrific chassis. And the best part is that all this performance content is available for under (U.S.)$18,000. With a handful of modifications, this car will simply amaze motorsports enthusiasts.”
The production 2002 SVT Focus 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.
Ford SVT is a small group of engineers, marketing and communications professionals who develop specialty high-performance versions of Ford vehicles. Ford SVT vehicles are sold exclusively through a network of SVT-certified Ford dealerships throughout North America. Visit online at www.svt.ford.com.