2013 Ford Focus ST | Shelby Developement Vehicle | LSG Rally Car



I never had any real intention of purchasing this car. At this point in time, I was quite happy with P4 and it was almost paid off. Like many other Focus fanatics, I would go to the Ford website and build my dream ST to see how much it would cost and to ponder all the dirty things I would do to it in my garage if I were to get one. It was still late 2012 so there were none at the dealerships to check out until about the middle of November. I had noticed that the first 3 had popped up in the inventory of a dealership about 30 miles away. For me, 20 miles is too far just to go sit in a car at a dealership, so I waited until the weekend when I had a military drill to attend which took me right past this dealership. On the way home, while still in Uniform, I stopped in and there it was, sitting right in front of the main building entrance, the car that I had built on-line so many times before, I had to drive it. After the usual back and fourth with the salesman, I got the key fob  and was on the road. The seats were so snug and felt as if the car was giving me a hug and saying ‘buy me, take me home’ as if you were reading that on a puppy dogs eyes at an animal shelter. I was taken back by the placement of all of the buttons and dials as it was such an easy transition from my mk1 since everything was in pretty much the same place. A couple of stop lights later, I was at the freeway entrance and I wasn’t ready for what was about to happen. I didn’t want to spin the tires so I eased through first gear, lightly shifted into second, and then floored it. The turbo spooled up so incredibly quick at such a low RPM that I was tossed back in the seat where I was embraced once again by the Reccaro seat. 4000, 5000, 6000 RPM and the car still was holding me back in the seat. I knew at this point, I was doomed. At the end of my visit to the dealership, I had purchased it. No haggling, no arguing with the salesmen, just ‘shut up and take my money’. Not the smartest vehicle purchase ever, but one that I don’t regret.


– Ford Focus RS MK2 Hood Vents
fifteen52 Cup Spoilers
– CPC Carbon Mirror Caps
– CPC Carbon Exhaust Surround
– CPC Carbon Fuse Box Cover
– CPC Carbon Coolant Overflow Tank Cover
– CPC Carbon Battery Cover


– Steeda Rear Sway Bar
– H&R Sport Springs
– fifteen52 Tarmacs
– Wilwood 14 ” 6-Piston front Brakes
– Wilwood 13″ Rear brakes


– Borla/ Ford Racing Exhaust
– Cobb Tuning Cold Air Intake
– Turbosmart Bypass Valve
– Steeda Oil Separator


– Focus Central Shift Knob
– Steeda Short Throw Shifter


P5 Writeups and Reviews

STEEDA Shifter Bracket Installation & Review

steedabracket005Throw Shorter! The idea of the short-throw shifter has been around for many years, and there are many brands and styles to choose from. For the MK1 focus, there were more than a dozen brands and styles to choose from but only a handful were truly short-throws. Many knock-off’s were …

FocusRush | Life in Sixth Gear, Rise of the Phoenix 700 Mile Rally

TED_3133-X3  I’m not exactly sure anymore how I came across this event other than it was on facebook. It looked exciting, exclusive, and interesting. I’ve always been enamored by rallies like the Gumball and Cannonball runs across the country, but I know that those events are big money, and well …

DIY | CalPonyCars MK3 Focus Hood Strut Install

JRS_6984-EditSponsored by CalPonyCars.com  It’s All in the Details When you’re a car-show goer, you’ll see row after row of black and yellow hood props holding up the hoods of show cars with shined up engine bays. After the intakes are installed, the headers ceramic coated, the engine covers painted, you …

Review | Willwood ST Big Brake Kit

_DSC2930-Edit    It was an average mundane Monday morning a few weeks after purchasing P5 ST when I noticed that I was being followed on my drive to work by a small white pickup truck. I was a bit nervous at first when they pulled up right next to me …

P5 ST On the Dyno

JRS_4202-Edit002P5 made it’s way to the mobile Dyno on site to see how much power was being put to the wheels. The crowd grew larger as the only front wheel drive car at the show made its way up the back side of the ramp, bypass valve making loud and …

P5 ST Among Classics

JRS_4168-EditThe P5 ST was on display at the (get ready for a long title) 2014 5th Annual Vista Ford and Lincoln of Oxnard National Collector Car Appreciation Day in Thousand Oaks, CA. Under the Banner of Vista Ford, P5 dawned the Vista Ford Racing (VFR) Badging and was among the …






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