Team Tuffcore President and my drift partner in crime, Nick, has had many rides in his driving career from a Honda to a Silvia to a R32 to a Forrester to a BMW. His current daily is a deceptively quick hot hatch, a 2010 Ford Focus XR5 Turbo.
Photos & Words: Dale Mracek
While currently in stock trim apart from a straight pipe that has replaced the resonator, don’t be fooled into thinking this little 5 door beast is just a hatchback! For starters, Nicks Focus XR5 Turbo employs Volvo’s blown 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine to deliver a satisfying blast of spooling goodness that sees it reaching 100km/h in a very respecatble 6.6 seconds. While being front wheel drive, the Focus still provides great handling for all those quick spurts of spirited driving around town and out on the open road.
The Xr5 styling is also subtle yet aggressive. Nicks Focus can be identified by a gaping lower air intake, side sills, and bigger rear spoiler than previous models of the Focus range. And how awesome does that Ford Performance Blue look!
Wheels come in at an impressive 18-inch alloys with very cool styling in my opinion. I’m sure in time these will be changed to something with a more aggressive offset!
Inside, the office comes standard with Recaro front seats, a funky push-button starter and Bluetooth connectivity connected with an additional touch screen unit and alpine amp and sub that were aftermarket additions. This all helps Nick to pump the tunes while fat arming around town. There’s also a grippy three-spoke, leather-rimmed steering wheel and gearshift knob, alloy floor pedals and a logically laid out dash where all controls and dials are presented cleanly and easily and aids in those track orientated drives.
So as can be seen, just because your car is in stock trim, it can still be a fun, reliable and fast daily if you choose something that ticks all the right boxes. Mind you, there’s no doubt that Nick will eventually bolt on some parts to really make his Focus stand out even further from the crowd.
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