This is the seventh installment of the TFLcar Track Week (top ten) video review series. Track Week is where we take every day cars and put them through their paces at the High Plains Raceway in Colorado. TFLcar team attended the annual RMDE event put on by the RMAP association, and Roman wanted to see how these cars compare to each other on the race track. So, we mounted the cameras and the SoloDL GPS data recorder, and Roman went out in search of the best lap times.
Today we have the 2013 Ford Focus ST. Its 2.0-liter EcoBoost four cylinder is sending 252 horses to the front wheels, and the engineers made sure the power can be put down effectively. The power delivery is as linear as any turbo-charged car that I have ever tried. Ford’s torque vectoring technology virtually eliminates torque steer, and helps launch the ST out of the corner. On the track, the Focus ST inspires confidence. It’s easy to get to know the car and the well balanced chassis is forgiving. The RECARO front seats provide great side bolstering and are one of the most supportive of this bunch.
The 2013 Ford Focus ST is a very refined, quick, and usable hot hatch – be it on the race track or on the street. Volkswagen GTI better take notice.
Please enjoy this race track video review, and come back again to see the rest of the top ten. Tomorrow’s Track Week car is the stylish 2013 Audi S5. How much faster can is the S5 over the Focus ST?
Track Week Top Ten:
10. 2014 Nissan Juke NISMO – 1:14.66
9. 2014 Mazda Mazda6 2.5 AT – 1:14.14
8. 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio – 1:13.79
7. 2013 Honda Accord Sport AT – 1:12.28
6. 2013 Subaru BRZ – 1:12.24
5. 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT – 1:09.79
4. 2013 Ford Focus ST – 1:08.89
3. 2013 Audi S5 – 1:07.13
2. 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE – 1:04.06
1. 2014 Nissan GT-R Premium – 1:02.45
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been a contributor at TFLcar since 2011. When not working or spending time with the family – you can find him tinkering in the garage or simply ‘going for a drive’.