Recently at the Chicago Auto Show, Los Angeles-based automotive tuner fifteen52, debuted its Ford Focus TrackSTer project build – a product of the Project ST campaign.
TrackSTer is one of three different Ford builds and is the first complete entry for the Project ST, which is collaboration between fifteen52, Ken Block, and Ford Motors. The project aims to bring street racing cred to the popular domestic hatchback.
“Using the CAS venue to debut the TrackSTer is bound to be one of the main highlights for the Project ST campaign,” said Brad Beardow, fifteen52 co-owner. “Chicago, if not the entire Midwest, seems to have more than its fair share of hot-hatch enthusiasts, and there’s just something so right about coming to CAS – in the dead of winter – and unveiling the hottest Focus ST anyone’s seen so far.”
Since its announcement in summer of 2012, the Project ST has accumulated a huge internet following. Following the progression of each Ford build, Project-ST.com experienced a massive influx of traffic and has been covered by numerous automobile media outlets.
From the archaic 999 to the infamous GT, Ford has deep racing roots. Collaborating with Ford Racing, the Fifteen52 pays homage to this proud linage with the Focus ST.
“Teaming up with fifteen52 for this project was an obvious choice for me,” said Project ST partner Ken Block. “They’ve got a great understanding of what’s hot in the small car performance marketplace right now, both from the style perspective and from the performance end of things. With the TrackSTer, they’ve worked closely with both Ford Racing and Mountune to put together a potent package that blends on-road performance with on-track performance. I can’t wait to actually get this car out on a track and put it through the paces.”
Much to the joy of performance enthusiasts, TrackSTer is decked out to the nines. The build possesses track inspired features like a Ford Racing performance parts (like short-throw shifter and racing exhaust system), Mountune engine, Quaife limited-slip differential, and fender flares ripped from the Chinese Touring Car Championship Focus.
Considering the extraordinary efforts this collaboration has taken with the TrackSTer build, we can’t wait to see how the other two Ford mystery machines will turn out.