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Ford Focus V-8 engine swap in Britain

by DrivingEnthusiast

We were on the topic yesterday of V-8 Focus conversions when another one unexpectedly popped up on eBay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250720793041. This example is in Britain and is used for racing.

This Focus got the Focus RS body treatment: note the very large flared fenders. These allow for 9×18 and 10×18 wheels front/rear, with 265/35-18 tires.

They also allow 365mm 6-piston Brembo front brakes.

This makes for much more than a simple conversion- this is a race car and is used for track events. Most conversions are not built for handling. It would have been interesting to see the suspension specs, but unfortunately the seller did not anything other than “Cosworth RWD 7 1/2″ LSD axle and GaZ gold coilovers”.

The interior is stripped for racing. It would be interesting to see something like this car, but with a full street interior, so that an owner could enjoy the best of both worlds. This car uses a T-5, and it looks to us like the shifter location is a bit further back than we would expect.

And the engine, an iron-block Ford Winsdor 4.9 liter “302”. Again, no emissions controls. But lots of attention to cooling.

With most of the iron-block engine ahead of the front axle centerline, this isn’t going to be a well-balanced car. An aluminum block would help, but are a very high-dollar item in the case of Windsor engines.

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