Maybe it’s a sign of changing times, or maybe it’s just that the current Mustang is really old and about to be replaced, but at this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas Ford’s pocket rockets are outshining its muscle car contingent in both numbers and excitement.
With a selection of Focus and Fiesta ST models swarming the stage, a quartet of Focus ST models is attracting particular attention thanks to stylish (and iconic) racing liveries.
Most noticeable is Focus ST sporting the famous orange and blue Gulf livery. Built by the Universal Technical Institute and Tjin Edition, it has an extreme widebody kit, and when combined with a big rear spoiler and some added lighting up front it has a true rally car look.
Another race inspired car comes complete with a livery you might connect more with Lotus than with Ford. And while you’re right, Ford did have a hand in this history with the Ford powered Lotus that won the 1965 Indy 500. There are a lot of other “heritage” cues on this car as well including the classically designed 18-inch wheels and conical exhaust pipes.
A third model, complete with purple wheels, is designed for southern California road rallies while the fourth is another head turner, a police car themed model appropriately built by a group called Drag Racing Against Gangs and Graffiti.
Hinting that it’s best to keep racing where it belongs (on the track), maybe it’s also built to arrest some of the SEMA Show’s notorious crimes against automotive good taste.
GALLERY: UTI / Tjin Edition Ford Focus ST
GALLERY: Green Filter Ford Focus ST
GALLERY: PM Automotive Ford Focus ST
GALLERY: DRAGG Ford Focus ST
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