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Shelby Focus ST

Shelby American is continuing on in the tradition begun by famed racer and carmaker Carroll Shelby when he first tuned a 1986 Dodge Omni GLH Hatchback into a powerful five-door beast. Now, Shelby American has brought its tuning skills to a Ford Focus ST to pump up the sport in an already sporty hatchback.

Although the lads and lasses at Shelby American have not replaced the Focus’s stock engine, they have upped its power by nearly 50 horsepower giving it a total output of around 300 hp. Not bad for a hatchback, huh?

They have also made the car more drivable, which is a must when you increase a car’s power. After all, if the tires do not grip and the base just wobbles, the extra power is a detriment. The Shelby American-tuned Focus ST has been lowered to fit upon Ford Racing suspension. Moreover, it now sports a Shelby/Borla exhaust (to make your grandma proud), improved brakes, and new boots giving greater grip.

When it has all been said and done, the Shelby American-Tuned Focus ST will set you back nearly $40,000 or about $15,000 more than what a stock Focus costs.


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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