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Ford Focus

The Ford Focus, introduced in North America in 1999 for the 2000 model year, replaced the aging Ford Escort line. The Ford Focus is intended to offer the North American market a European-inspired compact with great value for the dollar.

The Ford Focus is offered in four body styles. The Ford Focus ZX3 is a three door hatchback, the Ford Focus ZX5 is a five door hatchback. The Focus Sedan, a four door, is offered in a number of trim levels. From 2000-2004, the Focus Sedan was available in the LX, SE, and ZTS trim levels. In 2005 and later, the Focus Sedan is known as the Ford Focus ZX4. A five door, Ford Focus station wagon has been part of the Focus lineup since the 2000 model year.

A Ford Focus SVT was offered in 2002-2004 and is featured in a separate section.

The Ford Focus is offered with three different families of engines. The Ford Focus aftermarket first embraced the 130 hp, Zetec 2.0L, 16 valve, DOHC engine. To date, this engine enjoys the widest support, of all the Focus engine choices with the largest offering of parts and tuning knowledge. The Zetec 2.0L engine, as offered in the Focus, was offered from 2000 to 2004.

Also during those years, the SPI (Split Port Induction) 2.0L, 8 valve, SOHC engine with 110 hp was used in the Focus LX Sedan and some Focus SE sedans. While there are few performance parts available for the SPI engines, it does not enjoy the aftermarket support that the Zetec does.

Offered as a regional engine choice in 2003, and then as a option in 2004, the Duratec family of engines became the standard for the Ford Focus line for the 2005 model year with both the 2.0L and 2.3L versions. The Duratec engine shows great performance potential in part due to it's free-flowing aluminum cylinder head, improved engine management, and lighter, aluminum engine block. The aftermarket is continuing to develop performance Duratec parts, led by Focus tuning companies like Cosworth, Focus Central, and Focus Sport.

The Ford Focus was one of the first compact cars to offer a sophisticated, control blade rear suspension in the North American market. Many attribute the Focus' handling prowess to this feature. A number of other compact cars now offer a similar version of this rear suspension design.

The control blade rear suspension offers a passive, rear steering effect. As weight shifts from side-to-side across the rear suspension in a turn, the trailing arm bushing deflects and allows a rear toe-in/toe-out change which assists the Focus in turning. The Ford Focus rear suspension uses coil springs mounted directly to the lower control arm, separate from the rear shocks. The Focus front suspension makes use of the tried and true MacPherson strut design. All Focus ZX3 and ZX5 hatchbacks and Sedans share the same front and rear suspension designs. The Ford Focus Station Wagon, while sharing the front suspension with the other Focus models, uses a slightly different rear suspension. Thus, most Focus Wagon rear suspension components will not interchange with other Focus models.

The 2000 Ford Focus styling, changed the game for the compact car class. With triangular-shaped headlights, bee-stinger radio antenna, body lines that accentuate the wheel arches, and the hatchback's high-mounted taillights, the Ford Focus broke new ground. While some Focus owners were attracted to the Focus ZX3 hatchback with it's distinctive looks, other Focus owners preferred the more traditional looks of the Focus Sedan. At the time of it's introduction, the Focus Station Wagon was one of very few choices available for the compact, station wagon segment.

Styling changes were slight to the Focus range from 2000 to 2004. In 2005, the Ford Focus received a slightly revised front-end with new headlights, hood, fenders, and bumper.

New Edge Performance was started as a Ford Focus performance parts retailer in 2000, just after the North American release of the Focus. Since then, New Edge Performance has emerged as a leader in the Ford Focus tuning market and offers one of the largest inventories of Ford Focus performance parts and accessories.

Not only does New Edge Performance sell Focus performance parts, it has two Focus shop cars. The first is a 2001 Ford Focus ZX3 with a 2.0L Zetec engine and MTX-75, 5-speed transaxle. This Focus is not only a "model" for parts for the webstore, it also is a rolling test-bed for Focus parts. Testing includes daily driving, numerous track days, a few Fun Ford Weekend appearances, approximately 10-12 auto-x  per year, and travelling to car shows and Focus get-togethers (G2G). This Focus  also doubles as the "shop truck" making deliveries and picking up parts.

The "other" Focus is a 2003 Focus SVT, three door. This car represents what many believe is the "best enthusiast Focus" that Ford has offered to date. The SVT Focus features 170hp (40 more than the standard Zetec engine), 6-speed Getrag transaxle, 17 inch wheels and tires, sport suspension, and large (for it's class) four-wheel disc brakes.

Whether you are in the market for a simple Ford Focus accessory, or something as extreme as a PowerWorks Supercharger kit, or anything in between, New Edge Performance has what you need to make your Ford Focus more enjoyable.

Why New Edge Performance? Because Speed never goes out of style!

 

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