What is Spec Focus?
(SF) is an Affordable Road Racing Series run by National Auto Sport
Association (NASA) which is based on the Ford Focus Platform. It is
designed to use specific parts as in Suspension, Brakes, Engine
Modifications, Tires and Wheels to make the car equal.
What is NASA? NASA is a
business dedicated to organizing and promoting racing activities for both
the aspiring or accomplished racer. NASA has created programs that allow
owners of both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to
enjoy the full performance capabilities of their cars in a safe and
controlled environment. NASA offers many different programs that will
allow you to enjoy motorsports on a number of different levels, including
our High Performance Driving Events (HPDE), Rally Sport, Time Trial,
NASA-X and Competition Racing programs.
What models can be used in SF?
Any 2000 to
2008 2-door coupe, 2-door hatch, 4-door hatch and sedan, with a 2.0L Zetec, 2.0L SVT
Zetec, 2.0L Duratec and 2.3L Duratec motors. SPI motors are not allowed.
How can you have a Spec Series with
The Spec Focus Series
isn't any different then other Spec Series like the Spec Miata and Spec
Neon series that use different motors in there series, But NASA was able
to use Ford Racing's high-tech engine dyno on all projective SF motors and
with the Spec add-ons to make each motor platform fairly equal.
How Much Horsepower Does a Spec Focus
Horsepower-to-Weight Ratio of a Spec Focus is 16.5:1. Most Spec Focus cars
should be between 150-160whp, and 140-150lbs torque.
Does Spec Focus have any Factory Support
Yes, Ford Racing has been
involved since the developmental and test phases of the Series. Ford
Racing Performance Products also has a good Contingency Sponsorship as
How much does it cost to build or buy a
This all depends on the year and model of the car you want. We have seen
2000-2002 cars build for around $6,000 including the car, and others we
have seen more because of the cost of the car. Normally a Spec Focus will
run between $8,000 to $10,000.
Is there anyone who is building cars for
sale or rent?
There's a few
companies are renting and selling cars, like
LC Racing, and
Gillis Motorsports. There should be
more companies in the future that will also be providing this as well.
LC Racing built test cars for NASA during its
testing and developmental phases.
How much Research and Development was done
on the Series?
NASA spent nearly one full year testing and developing the Series. NASA
was very please to work with two teams that have built and raced high
quality Focus Touring cars in Leo Capaldi Racing and F2/Gillis
Motorsports. Both of them have built high tech Professional Touring Cars Racing Series. With the guidance and Testing of Ford Racing, LC Racing and
Gillis Motorsports, NASA was able to develop an affordable Spec Racing
Series that has a European Touring Car flavor. Where Spec Miata is the
leader in Spec Sports Car racing, Spec Focus wants to be the leader in
Spec Touring Car racing.
Can I run the a Spec Focus Car in other
Yes, People can use a
SF in NASA's Performance Touring Class. Most SF can run in the PTE class,
where others, depending on the modifications, can run in PTD. Some of the
older SF cars can run in other racing association's classes as well. You
can also run a Spec Focus in NASA's Endurance Series in E2 Class. You
could even turn some SF Models into a Rally Spec Focus.
Where do they race the Spec Focus at?
SF can be race
at any of the 11 NASA Regions. Please check your region for local
schedules. Also NASA has a National Championship every September where the
Top Spec Focus Drivers will be competing for a National Championship.
I run a Rally Spec Focus (RSF) in Spec
Yes, but you will have to make a few changes like changing the Rally
DMS Suspension into the Multimatic Suspension and change to Toyo Tires.
After that you would be ready to go in Spec Focus (SF).
Is a Spec Focus Race Car easy to drive?
This is what sets the Spec Focus above the others. Since the SF uses
a fairly soft suspension (in racing standards), it allows all the cars to
be even. It's a very neutral and predictable car for a rookie drive, but
allows a very experience driver the same feedback he would be looking for
in an expensive race car. Inexperience SF race car drivers can get up to
speed very quickly in a Spec Focus Race Car.
How Fast is a Spec Focus?
Speed from the start wasn't as important then make each car equal, but
NASA was able to achieve both. A good SF should finish mid-pack in Spec
Miatas and should beat most of the Spec Neon. But, you can also see SF cars
mixing it up with Honda Challenge and Performance Touring Cars. But at tracks like
California Speedway, Mid-Ohio and Willow Springs the car can reach speeds
of a 125+ MPH.
What is Focaljet?
Focaljet is the premier online website for the Ford Focus. Focaljet
has been kind enough to allow all Spec Focus news and updates to be posted
on their site. [FJ] also keeps up to date on other Focus Racing like World
Challenge, Rally Spec Focus and Club Racing, along with track events like
Focaljet Track Attacks at selected NASA Time
How do I get a Race license to compete in
region is a little different. But, NASA will get you on the
track fast with instructor in the NASA HPDE program
once you move through the different levels of HPDE you'll be able to do a
NASA race school, or some regions use their HPDE as their Race School.
Once you have completed your Race School and HPDE events, you should be
ready to get you Provisional License.
http://www.nasaproracing.com/proracing/license.html. NASA's HPDE program is great place to start working on your Race
License, because you can use your future SF car in the driving program up
until your ready to race.