Ford Focus ST officially transformed into a police patrol vehicle
Ford Focus ST, the four door hatchback, fitted with a high performance 2.0L EcoBoost engine comes at a starting price of $23,700. The new high…
Ford has now officially transformed the Focus ST into a police patrol vehicle after seeing its successful debut in the UK crime thriller, The Sweeney. This one-off Ford Focus here, as a police patrol vehicle, is developed at the SVP – Ford Special Vehicle Preparations, Earls Colne, Essex.
One of the major changes seen on t Focus ST is a new steering arm which is shorter and offers quicker steering response. The standard Focus has a linear 14.7:1 steering ratio while Focus ST has variable ratio that starts at 13.7:1 in the centre and increases to 10.1:1 around corners. Focus ST steers from lock to lock in 1.8 turns while the standard Focus needs 2.6 turns for the same function.
Ford Focus ST went on sale at the end of August 2012. It is produced from the company Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. Ford Focus ST boasts of a Ford signature trapezoidal grille which is definitely more elegant looking that that seen on the standard Focus. Inside special details are seen in the form of aluminum pedals, ST specific steering wheel and new Recaro searing which is optional and also available in part or full leather. Ford Focus ST competes with Civic Si, Subaru Impreza WRX and the new VW GTI.
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COP THIS! FORD TRANSFORMS ALL-NEW FOCUS ST INTO POLICE DEMONSTRATOR
Brentwood, Essex, 23 October, 2012 – Following its movie debut in the UK crime thriller The Sweeney, the all-new Ford Focus ST has taken on its next starring role – this time as an official police patrol vehicle.
While the five-door hot hatch used by Flying Squad detectives Regan and Carter was unmarked, this estate version gets the full law enforcement livery.
The one-off demonstrator has been developed and engineered at Ford Special Vehicle Preparations (SVP) in Earls Colne, Essex. Equipped as a compact traffic car, it meets the latest National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) standards for fast response vehicles inside and out. The light bar on the roof is all-LED, and the dashboard is fitted with a mobile data terminal (MDT) and screen to illustrate the Focus ST’s versatility for multi-role police use.
The car appeared at the National Association of Police Fleet Managers’ Conference and Blue Light Fleet Exhibition (NAPFM) in Peterborough.
Terry Adams, Ford’s Direct Sales Manager for Police, Fire & Ambulance, commented: “With the Ford Focus ST being seen so publicly on cinema screens nationwide, the timing for this ‘official’ version couldn’t be better. At the NAPFM show we displayed the car’s crime-fighting talents to police transport managers and took bookings for demonstrations.”
Also available for the public to buy, the all-new Ford Focus ST comes in five vibrant colours including Tangerine Scream and Spirit Blue.
The car’s 2.0-litre 250PS EcoBoost engine means it can accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 154 mph. The hatchback is priced from £21,995 with the estate costing from £23,095.
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