Now discontinued across the entire globe – years after it was removed from The Blue Oval’s North American lineup – the Ford Focus lives on as a reasonably priced used car, a model that was popular for its efficiency and low price tag, along with decent driving dynamics, when it was new. Regardless, the Focus is also a pretty fun car to drive, and one that can be modified for actual track use, as we’ve seen in the past, though this 2008 Ford Focus race car up for grabs at Bring a Trailer is already seemingly ready for that particular purpose.
This 2008 Ford Focus was modified by its previous owner specifically for the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) Spec Focus racing series, and as such, has seen its fair share of action in various HSR and SCCA-sanctioned events. That much is clear from the outside, which features a red, white, and blue Focus Challenge livery, no door glass, tow hooks, and a set of 17-inch Ford SVT alloy wheels wrapped with 215-series BFGoodrich g-Force slicks.
The same goes for the interior, which has been fully prepped for race duty with a host of upgrades including a roll cage with door bars, a fixed-back bucket seat, a Safecraft six-point harness, a driver’s window net, battery disconnect switch, fire suppression system, and a three-spoke Sparco quick-release steering wheel.
Underneath the skin, this Focus racer has been treated to upgrades including a Steeda strut tower brace, Ford Racing dynamic dampers, performance springs, and sway bars. Power comes from the 2.0L Duratec inline-four engine that’s factory rated at 140 horsepower, though this one features a Focus Sport tubular exhaust header and a Thrush muffler, along with an MTX-75 five-speed manual transmission. For the right person, this Focus certainly seems like the perfect weekend warrior type of track toy, depending on what it ultimately sells for, anyway.