COBB Tuning Introduces 300-hp Tanner Foust Edition Ford Focus ST
COBB Tuning has long been associated with modifying Subarus of the WRX and STI variety, but lately it has begun branching out to other brands. One of the latest objects of the firm’s attention is Ford’s Focus. The outfit brought a regular Focus modified for racing duty to the 2011 SEMA show, and now it is rolling out a slew of performance parts for the Focus ST and introducing a turn-key Tanner Foust Edition based on the ST. Tanner Foust, for those who don’t watch television or pay attention to Rallycross and drifting, is a race-car driver and one of the hosts of Top Gear USA.
If the Foust Edition Focus ST looks familiar, it’s because a very similar-looking car graced Ford’s show stand at the 2012 SEMA show. The production version is loaded with COBB parts, including a new intercooler, intake, exhaust, and suspension bits. There’s also an ECU upgrade, and COBB claims that total output rises from the stock car’s 252 horsepower to 300. Cosmetically, the Tanner Foust Edition is festooned with carbon-fiber aero pieces, a unique grille, Mustang GT–style hood vents, a racy graphics package, and a handsome set of black wheels.
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The good news is that buyers won’t have to cough up a yet-undisclosed amount of money over a regular ST to step into the Tanner Foust Edition to get some COBB love. All of the upgrades will be available from COBB individually or bundled into stage upgrade kits. If the complete Tanner Foust Edition ST tickles your fancy, COBB will be selling them directly and will make them available for sale in select Ford dealerships later this year. If it were our money, we’d go for the performance goodies individually and keep our ST’s exterior as stock-looking as possible for the ultimate 300-hp hot-hatch sleeper.