Adam Hopton - PumaBuild Focus ST
Cars have always caught my attention from an early age from catching my eye on the roads or playing car games on consoles.
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PUMABUILD FOCUS ST
Instagram - @project_st_rs
Ford Focus ST-3 MK2
I'm 29 years old currently living in Birmingham and studying Level 2/3 Motorsport in college. I've also recently attained a race inter-club (ARDS) competition licence with Motorsport UK.
Cars have always caught my attention from an early age from catching my eye on the roads or playing car games on consoles. From the age of 12, I was collecting the iconic MAX Power magazines. For my 13th birthday, my father brought me a first time driving course at Rockingham Racetrack where I drove a Mini Cooper S. Then for my 17th birthday he gifted me with a rally driving course at a track in Eversham.
I got my first car, the Peugeot 106, at 18 which 3 weeks later, I got a bit too enthusiastic with the accelerator pedal whilst cornering and crashed it through multiple trees and a fence. Lesson well learnt but didn't discourage me from my love for cars.
Since then I've owned a Ford Cougar, Toyota Celica, Custom Audi A3 1.8 T Sport, BMW E46, Alfa Romeo, Hyundai Coupe Siii and a BMW 116 1 Series. I currently own a Range Rover Sport with the autobiography body kit and custom exhaust, and the Ford Focus MK2 ST being featured today.
Why I picked this car -
The Ford Focus ST caught my interest when I was around 21 years old as my stepfather had one. I was in awe of the sound and the look of the car, I just loved everything about it and could see it's potential. I'd wanted one ever since.
Info on this car -
I bought this Ford Focus ST-3 MK2 through part exchanging with my previous BMW 1 series. I'd always had my heart set on one of these cars however it soon became apparent that it was ready for scrapping, with a lot of major faults and quickly became a restoration project. This is what really ignited my passion for cars which is why it is now Project ST-RS.
It originally had white wheels, with a white ST-300 sticker running down each side and all original parts so weren’t even close to 300bhp. We did a dyno it and with all the issues it had wasn’t even doing the stock 225bhp.
How it is unique to others -
The idea is to make this car completely unique, the blue and orange colour theme is a big part of it as we chose not to play it safe with colours to make it really stand out. The Project ST-RS is also unique in not only the ST to RS conversion but also the modifications involved alongside, making this car an absolute beast in the making.
What has been done to the car -
Since I got the project car in March 2020, this is what has been done so far:
- Fully forged RS Engine 9.5:1 RS Spec
- K1 Con Rods
- Wiseco Pistons
- Ductile Liners
- Full Stage 2
- Pumabuild 300 Map
- Anembo Ported Plenum
- Airtec Intercooler
- Airtec 3" Downpipe & De-Cat
- RAM Air Induction Kit
- Mongoose Cat-Back with 4.5" tips
- Uprated Recirc Valve
- Quaife LSD
- Uprated Pro Coolant & Boost Hoses
- Pandora Alarm System
She is now running a comfortable 320bhp.
- Zunsport Front Grills
- Anembo Tow Eye
- Front Splitter, Side Skirts & Rear Spats
- DMB Ford Badges
- Orange ST Wing Badges / Wing Vents
- RSP WRC Bonnet Vents
- Genuine RS Spoiler
- Carbon Fibre Wrapped Wing Mirrors & Petrol Cap
- Orange Fog Light Covers
- LED Sequential Light Side Mirror Indicators
- Front & Rear Fog Light Surrounds Sprayed Black
- Refurbished Orange Genuine ST Wheels
- RSP Rear Diffuser
- Rear Seats are taken out ready for Roll Cage
Plans for the car -
Next year's plans are to get it running 500+ bhp. Thinking bigger turbo (possibly Garrett or Borgwarner), bigger Intercooler & Induction Kit, bigger Cams, custom Downpipe, Syvecs ECU, Uprated Fuel Pump and a few other bits to get her running comfortably above and beyond the target figures. Once at this stage, the plan is to do an all-wheel-drive conversion.
The Project will also have more exterior and interior modifications including a full RS Body Conversion and possible wrap with our sponsors.
This is a 4-year project where we are 7 months in from buying the car and have done so much already. Watch this space!
Dream Car - Ford GT40 / Early 2000 Model Ford GT
Craig Airey - @craigairey123
Mick Ellis - @mickyellis123
Pumabuild - @puma_build
Anembo - @anembo_engineering
Top Wrapz Ltd. - @topwrapzltd
ThatFogLightGuy - @thatfoglightguy
Pandora - @pandoracaralarmsuk
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