There’s a Nissan GT-R Beneath This Ford Focus
Race cars are often mere silhouettes of their more everyday road-going counterparts. Take for instance the Toyota Camrys and Ford Fusions driven in NASCAR events. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that this vaguely Ford Focus-shaped vehicle isn’t your typical Focus hatchback. Because, well… it isn’t. Built by Australia’s Pace Innovations, this Ford Focus hillclimb racecar has more Nissan GT-R DNA than Focus bits. Take a look in the boot and you’ll find the twin-turbocharged V6 from the current R35 generation GT-R. Oh my. RELATED: Meet the New 2017 Nissan GT-R Supercar
According to the firm, the Ford Focus was built for client Tony Quinn—a Scottish motorsport entrepreneur—with the intention of setting the fastest lap record at New Zealand’s Race to the Sky hillclimb event. It’s now fully functional, and later this month, it’ll be attempting Colorado’s famed Pikes Peak International Hill Climb during its 100th running. As is clearly seen, aerodynamic downforce shouldn’t be an issue.
The large wings, diffusers, splitters, and other aerodynamic wizardry amount to a massive 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) of downforce created when traveling at 120 mph. Considering Quinn will likely be hitting speeds close to that, his Nissan GT-R powered Focus should stay well and truly planted to terra firma. Take a look at him running last year's Race to the Sky, below.
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Beneath the car’s Ford Focus carbon fiber bodywork lies a stiff tubular space frame chassis, which offers the most protection for rally and hillclimb drivers. A driveshaft carries the Nissan engine’s power to both front and rear axles, creating a rally-ready all-wheel drive platform, made even more capable with carbon ceramic brakes and World Rally Championship specification wheels and tires.
All told, the entire package is said to weigh in at around 2,095 pounds and boast over 850 horsepower, according to Speedcafe. That’s quite the setup. Its cost to build? Right around $450,000.
Come June 26th, it’ll make its maiden voyage up Pikes Peak. Good luck Tony.
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