Found on Bring A Trailer, this 2001 Ford Focus may be the ultimate in stealthy speed. From the outside, it looks like any other 2001 Focus, although the front suspension rides a little high. Roll up next to someone at a light, and my guess is that they’d be looking around for the sound of that V8 rumble; they’d never guess it’s emanating from beneath the Focus’ hood.
Someone went to a lot of effort to build this car, currently for sale on eBay. They began with an FWD to RWD conversion, before shoehorning in a 5.0 liter Ford Racing crate motor, good for about 360 horsepower. The stock tranny wouldn’t last more than a single shift, so a Tremec 5 speed was made to fit and delivers the power to the wheels through an 8.8 inch Ford Racing TracLock rear end. I’ve got no idea what size tires are on the rear, but they’re nowhere close to big enough. This car must do hellacious, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it style burnouts.
The builder went to great lengths to keep the appearance as stock as possible. The fenders are stock, and not even flared, which severely restricts tire and wheel width. The custom exhaust features a single 3” outlet to make the car look more docile, but the whole Q-Ship ruse is foiled by the giant Ford Racing tach (complete with shift light) on the dash. I’d have installed a regular tach in the instrument cluster, with a simple shift light hidden somewhere in the dash.
The seller is asking $12,000 for the car, and I can guarantee that’s less than half of the build cost. Is it worth it? That depends on your perspective: this car will be plenty of fun in a straight line, but would be terrifying to drive at speed on a road course. There are plenty of top quality parts in the car, so if your building another project (Fox platform Mustang, perhaps?) this would make a great purchase just for the components.