Multi-disciplined race driver, movie stuntman, TV star, and now car designer, Tanner Foust, visited the Irwindale Event Center (formerly Irwindale Speedway) this week to "break in" a limited-edition Ford Focus ST that not only looked like something Foust would be driving on the streets, but that had his name and his distinctive TF logo emblazoned all over it.
The special edition, built by Tanner Foust Racing, made its official premiere at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas (click here for video) but did not turn a wheel there, so Foust wanted to get in some seat time in the car before it goes on display at this week's L.A. Auto Show. The X Games gold medallist conceived the car to be able to go from work to the track, while not being too harsh for commuting in Southern California. A body kit, MagnaFlow exhaust and fully adjustable front and rear suspension have been added.
Foust says the car is "loaded" with cool features, although he was cagey on its horsepower: "Oh ... somewhere around 300." Foust worked with Mike Spagnola of Street Scene Equipment, a well-known Southern California custom body parts manufacturer to create the custom body, trick semi-gloss silvery paint, and interior work.
Meanwhile, Ford will also unveil its new Fiesta ST model (LEFT) at the L.A. Auto Show.
The Fiesta is the second ST model to be launched in the U.S. this year, following the Focus ST which like its smaller stablemate, is now being sold as a "global car" with the same major specification across all markets. Unlike in Europe, however, the Fiesta ST will be offered in the States in five-door guise only.
It's powered by Ford's 1.6-liter Ecoboost engine, with a 6-speed manual the only transmission option. Developing 178hp and 177lb ft, it will cover the 0-62mph sprint in under seven seconds before reaching a top speed of 136mph.