BRENTWOOD, England – Ford’s first global performance car is previewing its starring role in new film The Sweeney by taking part in the Goodwood Festival of Speed this summer.
Stunt drivers will take the place of the film’s Flying Squad detectives as their black Focus ST is pitted against a Jaguar XFR in an exciting chase sequence to whet the appetite ahead of the movie’s release in September.
In October last year, special Focus ST prototypes were secretly delivered to The Sweeney set, joining Ford Mondeo, Galaxy and Transit models also being used by the cast as unmarked Flying Squad vehicles.
Director and co-writer, Nick Love, whose prior films include The Football Factory and The Firm, said: "It was important for me to collaborate with Ford on The Sweeney as their legacy with the original TV show is so strong – they're the perfect partner.”
He added: “I like the Focus ST so much, I want one!"
Ford's strong link with the 1970s Sweeney TV series saw Inspectors Regan, Carter and their Flying Squad colleagues using a string of Ford Granada, Consul and Cortina models to make the streets of London a safer place.
Production Companies Vertigo and Embargo Films used six Ford Focus ST models during filming. Set in modern day Britain, The Sweeney stars Ray Winstone, Damian Lewis and Hayley Atwell.
Ford has been a major sponsor of the Goodwood Festival of Speed since its inception in 1993 and it is again supporting this prestigious event over the weekend of June 29 to July 1, 2012.
The Festival of Speed is Europe's premier historic motor sporting event – a combination of hillclimb, rally stage, garden party, and motor show, all in the grounds of Goodwood House, the Earl of March's ancestral home in West Sussex.
Visitors to Goodwood will see an impressive variety of famous Fords, including those located on the Ford stands at the entrance to the festival and the main exhibition site inside the hill-climb track. Prominent in these displays, as well as on the Goodwood hill-climb, will be the Ford Focus ST with its powerful 2.0-litre 250PS four-cylinder EcoBoost engine.
The new Ford Focus ST goes on sale in 40 countries this year and was shown in final production-ready form at the Geneva motor show this month.