When the Ford Focus FR200 showed up in the movie “2 Fast 2 Furious,” which was the second release in the hit movie franchise “Fast & Furious,” heads were turned. Thus, the FR200 media craze had begun.
Ford Racing invited Paul Walker to the proving grounds to test drive the silver Ford Focus FR200 concept car that was to be in the movie. Legend has it that Paul attempted a “burnout” but ended up burning out the clutch instead that took two days to repair. Paul was extremely apologetic and cool about the whole deal… a class act.
Below are scenes that show the silver Ford Focus FR200 in scenes from “2 Fast 2 Furious.” The FR200 was too powerful and unique of a car to be used for smashing and crashing like the rest of the cars in the “Fast & Furious” movies, especially since it was a one-of-a-kind concept car. It sure looked cool with the killer paint job and 304 hp of turbocharged muscle, just knowing that it could blow the rest of those movie cars away.
Fast & Furious
A tribute to the Fast & Furious man himself. Rest in peace, Paul Walker.
A few elite individuals had an opportunity to test drive the Ford Focus FR200 on the track. Check out what they said…
“As I learned in the slalom, the muscular Focus quite literally claws its way around turns as the gas is squeezed on.”
“Its brakes were strong and fade-free, and the harder it was driven, the better it responded and spoke to the driver.”
“Nearly telepathic chassis dynamics.”
View the entire Motor Trend article here.
Tom Kendall is a 10-time road racing champion who is best known for his three-time consecutive SCAA Trans Am championships in Roush Ford Mustangs from 1994-1997. Outside of his other Trans Am championship in 1990, he also won titles in IMSA GTU from 1986, ’87 and ’88, IMSA GTS in 1993, IMSA Firehawk in 1986, and IMSA GTP Triple Crown in 1991.
“The FR200 is a little beast and I mean that in a very good way. A lot of people say that I act like I’m a 17-year-old at times, but maybe that helps me understand better what this car is all about. The truth is….. it’s a gas. It was quite a charge for me to get that much horsepower out of a front-wheel-drive car. It’s got a great power plant and the power comes in through the turbo very smoothly, which is terrific. The amazing thing is that it also handles so well for that much power coming through the front wheels. I’d say it’s a perfect blend of power and handling in a front wheel drive car.”
“We were able to pilot all three prototypes at southern California’s Willow Springs International Raceway, and we had a blast. The car screams. It takes some finesse to launch it without blowing off the tires, but once it starts moving, you’re in hyperspace and bouncing off the rev limiter before your brain has a chance to send the “grab second” message to your right hand. Damn, that turbo spools fast. Jump off the clutch too abruptly after the 1-2 shift and the front tires are spinning again. Two heartbeats later you chirp the tires while going into third, and the grin on your face threatens to split your mug right in two.
That kind of super-quick acceleration is just one of the FR200’s strong points. Pitch it into a corner (remember, the front tires are both steering and driving, so it’ll feel different than your rear-driver) and you’ll find you can easily tune your cornering attitude with the wheel, the throttle or both. The g-loads you can pull in this car are strong enough that you’ll find yourself using both hands on the wheel to muscle it around the turns, which is okay, since the turbo motor is torqued enough that you aren’t constantly shifting to keep it in its sweet spot.
Top speed? Well, we weren’t ballsy enough to find the outer edge of the envelope on Willow Springs’ pit straight before the first turn came up. Suffice it to say that the speedometer was indicating 120, the car was pulling strong in fourth, and the tach was still far to the left of redline before we hit our braking points for the corner.”
“Our seat time in the FR200 was short, but it didn’t take a lot of laps for the car to make an impression. Useable boost was on line at about 2,400 rpm and the 15 psi max was a quick blip of the throttle away. The suspension did an outstanding job in the corners as well as fending off torque steer when full boost hit.” Read more: http://www.superstreetonline.com/features/0108tur-ford-focus-fr200/#ixzz3YcqOwdk6
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Definition of Carpet Queen
- A car designed and built with the sole purpose of having people look at it.
- The wife of the Carpet King
- The opposite of the FR200
Ford Focus FR200 SPECIFICATIONS
- Air Filter – Assembly Ford Racing prototype air filter housing
- Mass Air Sensor – 1999 Cobra mass air sensor
- Turbocharger – IHI turbocharger
- Air Charge Cooler – Ford Racing prototype air charge cooler
- Throttle Body – Ford Racing prototype 70mm throttle body
- Intake Manifold – Ford Racing high-flow aluminum intake manifold
- Cylinder Head – Ford Racing 2.0L Zetec high-flow cast aluminum cylinder head, four valves per cylinder, two intake valves, 33mm diameter, two exhaust valves, 29.8mm diameter,
- Camshafts Production – 2.0L Zetec camshafts
- Block – Zetec production block
- Displacement – 2.0 liters
- Compression – Ratio 8.0:1
- Crankshaft – Production 2.0L Zetec
- Rods Production – 2.0L Zetec
- Pistons – Forged Aluminum
- Horsepower – 304 hp @ 6750 rpm
- Torque – 285 lb/ft @ 3500 rpm
- Redline – 7200 rpm
Electronic Engine Controls
- EEC-V Unique calibration to accommodate turbocharger
- Ignition Production – 2.0L Zetec ignition system
- Fuel Pump Modified
- Injectors Ford Racing prototype 48 lb/hr injectors
- Radiator Ford Racing prototype aluminum radiator
- Fans Electric, one 14-inch, one 9-inch
- Exhaust Manifold – Ford Racing prototype stainless steel high-flow
- Catalyst – One high flow metal substrate catalyst
- Exhaust Pipe – 3-inch diameter stainless steel
- Muffler – One dual-mode stainless steel muffler
- Tail Pipe – 3-inch diameter stainless steel
- Exhaust Tip – Ford Racing prototype polished stainless steel
- Flywheel – Production 2.0L Zetec flywheel
- Clutch – Centerforce prototype clutch disc and pressure plate
- Transmission – European production MTX75 transmission case with Ford Racing prototype MTX75 transmission gears
- Differential -Torsen limited slip differential
- Ring and Pinion3.82:1 ring and pinion gears
- Half Shafts Ford Racing prototype half shafts
- Suspension Ford Racing prototype double A-arm front suspension with Ford Racing prototype front wheel drive spindles
- Shocks Ford Racing prototype three-way adjustable front coil over shocks
- Ride Height Lowered one inch from production
- Track Width Increased 4 inches from production
- Steering Modified European Focus rack and pinion power
- Stabilizer Bar Ford Racing prototype 1.25-inch tubular front stabilizer bar assembly
- Suspension Production rear suspension
- Shocks Ford Racing prototype three-way adjustable rear coil
- Ride Height Lowered one inch from production
- Track Width Increased 4 inches from production
- Stabilizer Bar Eibach 1.00-inch diameter rear stabilizer bar
- Front Brakes
- Rotors 1999 Cobra 13-inch front rotors, vented and cross-
- Calipers 1999 Cobra, dual piston
- Cooling Forced air, ducted from front fascia
- Rear Brakes
- Rotors 1999 Cobra 11.65-inch rotors, vented and cross-
- Calipers 1999 Cobra, single piston
Wheels and Tires
- Front 18″x8″ Ford Racing prototype wheels
- Rear 18″x8″ Ford Racing prototype wheels
- Front Michelin Pilot Sport, 235/35ZR18
- Rear Michelin Pilot Sport, 235/35ZR18
- 2000 Ford Focus with a Ford Racing wide body treatment including all carbon-fiber hood, front fascia, front fenders, rocker panels, rear quarter panels, rear fascia and rear wing, European Focus 4-door tail lamps, FR200 badging and unique DuPont silver paint.
- Color, Trim, Instrumentation
- Seating Ford Racing/Classic Soft Trim two-tone sport leather
- Steering Wheel Ford Racing prototype two-tone leather steering
- Gauges 180 mph speedometer, 8000 rpm tachometer, boost, water temp and oil pressure
- Tuner – JBL TrafficPro Radio/CD/Navigation system
- Speakers – 11 strategically placed high performance JBL
- Amps – Two 4-channel pre-amp units
- One 8-channel mobile amplifier
- System Power – 570 watts total power
- Wheelbase103.0 inches
- Length 168.1 inches
- Track, ft/rr 62.8″ front / 62.5″ rear
- Curb Weight 2780 lbs.
- Weight Distribution 61%/39%
- Horsepower 304 horsepower @ 6750 rpm
- Torque 285 lb/ft torque @ 3500 rpm
- 0-60 mph 5.5 seconds
- Quarter Mile 13.5 seconds / 108 mph
The Ford Racing Team led the Ford Motor Company initiative to build a concept car that was a lightweight, high performance, compact racer.
The Focus FR200 Concept Car is unique because of the lightweight carbon fiber bodies and the high performance 304 horsepower engine.
These prototype cars were built by Ford Motor Company. Ford Racing Technology unveiled the Focus FR200 concept car on October 30, 2000 at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was to be their version of the “ultimate” compact performance parts car.
“On this Focus FR200 project, there’s no real template. I’m not sure there’s any manufacturer that has done anything this dramatic with one of their vehicles in terms of the entire car.” Ford Racing Technology
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What Is A Concept Car?
A concept car or a prototype is a car that is built to showcase a new style or technology that is often radical in design. A concept car never goes into production directly as there are often many changes needed for safety, practicality, regulatory compliance, etc.
The first concept car was built in 1938.