- This out-of-the-box build combines a rear-wheel drive layout, 850whp Whipple-supercharged Coyote V8 swap with a 2016 Ford Focus ST.
- A custom roll cage, Air Lift Performance air suspension, and Recaro seats outfit the remainder.
We’ve all ran across a vehicle that grabs our attention, whether it’s in a parking lot or going down the road. If you’ve read my articles, you’ll see that some of them are extraordinarily wild and unique. I’m always searching for such, so when I scrolled across Jeremy Allison’s 2016 Ford Focus ST, I had to get more information on it. I thought of the early ’00s-style builds, something you’d see at NOPI or SEMA when I saw it. However, Jeremy pulled out all the stops for this one. With hundreds of details, it takes some time to breathe them all in. Attempting to take in all the details, I failed to notice Jeremy’s ST didn’t sound like the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder it’s supposed to be — or a four-cylinder at all. Cue Paul Walker’s voice, “pop the hood.” Jeremy managed to stuff a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 from a Mustang in there. Aside from that, it’s also rear-wheel drive!
From the tender age of 16, Jeremy’s dad, Jack, would take him and his brother, Jason, to the local drag strip. From that point forward, both Jason and Jeremy became addicted to cars and racing. While Jason went after the more traditional drag racing lifestyle, Jeremy wanted something nobody else had. He wanted to prove to himself and everyone else that the Average Joe is capable of far more than they may think.
In the early 2000s, a few guys had V8 swapped, rear-wheel-drive Focuses, which sparked Jeremy’s interest. He first purchased the Focus from a friend and then ran across a steal on a wrecked donor Mustang. He opened the idea to his father. Although Jack told him he was crazy, he was also excited about the complex project. I’m surprised at the number of parts sourced from the donor Mustang. Jeremy managed to use the entire front suspension, steering, 6R80 six-speed auto transmission, independent rear suspension, and differential. Electronically speaking, the PCM and TCM also came from the Mustang, and he got it to work with the factory gauge cluster!
Jason, Jeremy’s brother, played his role in the extravagant build as a body man. The color scheme became black and orange — where there isn’t black or orange, carbon fiber takes its place. The ST also gets some styling cues thanks to Ford’s flagship hot hatch, the Focus RS, sporting its front fascia and rear bumper but doesn’t stop there. The in-your-face stance is aided by the Fortune Flares widebody kit, which provides an additional 60mm width. The exterior is further enhanced with Anderson Composites carbon fiber doors, side skirts, and hatch wing. An Omeri cowl hood houses that 5.0-liter V8 we’ve discussed, while a TB Performance front crash bar occupies the space in front of it.
As impressive as it is to shoehorn the coyote into the small engine bay, once again, Jeremy took it up a notch. Atop the V8 sits a Whipple Superchargers Gen 5 3.0 screw blower. Of course, Jason gave it the special treatment with an orange finish to accompany the color scheme. With fitment being so tight, Jeremy had to build a custom set of shorty headers and fabricate the entire 2.5-inch exhaust system. The rest of the drivetrain remains stock, for now, at least.
GETTING THE RIGHT STANCE
Another large part of any build’s gnarly stance comes from the wheel/tire package and how low it sits. Jeremy hit a home run with made-to-spec CEIKA GT-29 forged two-piece wheels underneath those Fortune widebody fenders. A pair of 20×9.5-inch wheels ride in the front while 20×11-inch variants stuff the rears. Both of which wrapped in Toyo Tires Proxes R888 rubber.
An Air Lift Performance air ride system for a Mustang produces a comfortable ride while allowing Jeremy to lay his ST in the dirt if he’d like. Couple an 850whp Coyote with the lightweight Focus ST platform and things are bound to get hairy without a proper brake setup. Don’t worry, Jeremy thought of that as well, placing massive CEIKA eight-piston brakes in front and six-piston units around back.
REWORKING THE INTERIOR
That same black/orange and carbon fiber theme flow throughout the interior — almost everything got some treatment. AMX Performance custom door panels in all four doors start the cabin off, while AMX upholstered carbon fiber Recaro seats keep Jeremy and his family comfortable. There is no shortage of carbon here, either, as the steering wheel and interior accents tie the continuous theme together. Due to the sheer size of that Coyote, Jeremy moved the whole firewall back, but sitting in the car, you’d never know. He also fabricated a roll cage himself while his brother put a nice coat of orange on it.
Had enough details yet? As I said, Jeremy pulled out all the stops. The complete sound system got replaced with Memphis Audio goodness. He transformed the hatch area with an aluminum 16-gallon fuel cell paired with a Magnafuel system and not one but two 10-pound nitrous bottles. Why? One of them stores air for the air ride system, while the other he plans to use in the future on top of the Whipple’s boost after a stronger motor goes in.
A FAMILY AFFAIR
Jeremy and his father put in countless hours of hard work, ingenuity, and planning into this immense transformation. The best part is they completed the build in only nine months! Jeremy proved that an Average Joe could build their dream, and the fact that he got to enjoy doing it with his father right beside him is what he adores the most. Jeremy wants to thank his sponsors, but most of all, his father, brother, and the family support he received.
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Jeremy Allison's 2016 Ford Focus ST
|Exterior:||Ford Focus RS bumpers, Forune Flares widebody kit, Omeri fiberglass hood, Zunsport grille, Spyder headlights/taillights, Anderson Composites hatch, wing, doors, side skirts, front valence, Battle Aero rear wing, bodywork by Allison’s Body Shop|
|Interior:||Recaro seats, custom orange/black upholstery by AMX Performance, Inglow gauges, Memphis Audio front/rear speakers, amplifiers, subwoofers, Vintage Air air conditioning, Phoenix carbon fiber steering wheel|
|Engine:||2016 Ford Mustang 5.0-liter Coyote Gen 2 V8 engine, Whipple Superchagers Gen 5 3.0 screw blower, custom shorty headers, custom 2.5-inch exhaust, 2016 Ford 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission, 16-gallon aluminum fuel cell|
|Chassis:||TB Performance front crash bar, custom 2016 Ford Mustang front suspension, subframe and rearend, Performance Pack 3.55 ratio rear, Air Lift Performance air suspension, CEIKA calipers (8-piston front, 6-piston rear), CEIKA rotors (380x32mm front, 345x28mm rear), Mustang steering box and steering column|
|Wheel/Tire:||CEIKA GT-29 forged two-piece wheels (20x9.5-inch +20 front, 20x11-inch +60 rear), Toyo Tires Proxes R888 (255/35R20 front, 305/35R20)|