Ford isn’t making such a big deal out of its booth at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to be excited about. Quite the opposite, actually.
Last year, Ford made a big deal out of its booth by putting exhaust hoses on its Shelby GT500 convertible and revving the hell out of the engine. It was awesome. While the maker probably wouldn’t wow folks as much by doing the same thing twice, it did bring two impressive performance cars for people to poke at.
With more than 550 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque out of its 2.0-liter four cylinder engine, Tanner Foust’s Fiests ST GRC isn’t a car you can drive, but that doesn’t change how cool it is. Foust will be racing it next month in England, but Chicago show goers will have a chance to get up close and personal with the crazy little rally crosser during the show — that’s the car, not Foust.
While he probably won’t be at the public show days, he was sitting by the car today and commented during a conversation at exactly how exciting — and crazy — he finds GRC to be. He pointed out that the cars, after all, are only designed to last about 10 mintes. “They’re time bombs,” he said with a smile. Of course, that’s nothing unusual — race cars heat up to a level far beyond your daily driver.
But that doesn’t mean that daily drivers have to be boring, and that’s something Ken Block is proving today on the showroom floor. Block uses a mildly modified Focus ST as his daily driver, and a much more modified version of the car is on the show floor in Chicago called the Focus ST TrackSTer – said trackster.
While it hasn’t been on the dyno yet to test output, the list of engine modifications include a retuned ecu, larger intercooler, improved exhaust and much, much more. What’s more, Block told AutoGuide.com on the sidelines of the show that the car is built almost entirely from parts available through Ford Racing. In other words, with the right willpower you too could be driving one of these wild track monsters.
GALLERY: Ford Fiesta ST GRC
GALLERY: Ford Focus ST TrackSTer
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