This month’s Cobb Tuning First Thursday show in Austin Texas had a special surprise: the completed Cobb Tuning 2011 SEMA Ford Focus. We’d seen this car in the first stages of construction last August and have been looking forward to the completed images. Knowing about the upcoming Ford Focus ST, we asked Cobb representatives what their long-term plans were for the Focus… and got a polite “no comment”. We’ll just have to wait and see… but very clearly great things are underway – and hopefully this might mean that Cobb is going to focus (no pun intended) on certain Fast Ford’s going forward (could there be Fiesta and Mustang EcoBoost projects someday?).
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This was our first view of the Focus… and we were wondering why a partially disassembled Ford Focus was being worked on inside Cobb – they don’t do Fords!
Looking inside we began to get an idea of the scope of the project. Then the Cobb folks told us it was their SEMA car under construction. Our first question was “where’s the turbo” – after all, this is Cobb Tuning, the home of turbocharger tuning in North America. To which the answer was “stayed tuned”.
And here is the completed SEMA car, 4 months later, complete with an equal length turbo manifold. and a front-mount intercooler.
The original concept picture above had the Cobb Tuning Focus using a Focus ST front nose… however, since this was well before the ST was announced, such prototype pieces probably weren’t what Ford’s marketing people had in mind. But compare this to the stock front end above… in person this car has *presence*.
And also out back.. with the large wing on top of the factory piece.
Inside, the Focus features full carbon-fiber door coverings, race seats and wheel, and a variation of an existing Cobb short-throw shifter.
All-in-all, it’s a really great show when you run into something like this. But that is par for the course at a Cobb Tuning First Thursday event. We never miss one!