Specs of the hot retrofitted plug-in
landed, and it's looking pretty sweet. The hatchback began
as a standard (non-hybrid) Ford Focus ST five-door hatchback, which
rolled off an assembly line in Germany. From there it
shipped to Dearborn, MI where some of Ford's best engineers
In only six weeks they were finished.
The resulting beast stands out with its vibrant orange paint
job and bold decals. It is a hefty vehicle, weighing in at
3,421 pounds. Much of this weight is from the air cooling
system for the batteries, and the batteries themselves -- 98 lithium
ion 60 Ah cells.
The vehicle also features a pretty sporty
electric motor, which puts out 141 hp (105 kW) and 235 lb-ft of
torque and has a 7,500 rpm redline. The vehicle also can stop
on a dime, thanks to 12.6 inch front rotors and 11 inch discs.
It also features an upgrade suspension, Recaro racing seats, a full
roll cage, and a five-point racing harness.
take the car out for test drives on a race track, competing to get
the best lap time. So far only Drew Barrymore has announced her
participation, but more celebs are expected to join up soon.
lacking the custom Euro Focus EV's racing features, the 2011
Chevy Volt, from competitor GM, may steal some of the spotlight
from the Ford vehicle. The Volt features arguably a more
aggressive electric engine, which produces a reported 149 hp and runs
on 111 kw. Early estimates of the torque produced were 236
ft-lb, which would put it in a dead heat with the vehicle.
Ford Focus will be releasing the pure-electric
2012 Ford Focus EV in 2011. It will follow up with the
release of a plug-in Ford Escape Hybrid, which retains some
gas-driven features. Ford has been extensively researching how
to make its EV's the fastest
and most efficient charging models on the market.
quote: Top gear has been doing their "star in a reasonably priced car" for the better part of a decade
quote: It would be cool if Leno invited Jeremy Clarkson and/or the Stig to put down times with the Focus.