Ford Racing reveals Focus ST-R at Frankfurt Auto Show;

Global Ford Motorsport Development Strategy extends

FRANKFURT, Germany, September 12, 2011 – As the all-new Focus ST road car makes its
global production debut, Ford is giving a European welcome at the Frankfurt Motor Show to a
special motorsport counterpart – the race-tweaked, production-based Focus ST-R.

Despite its close resemblance to the Focus ST road car, the Focus ST-R is purpose-built for the
track by Ford Racing in North America as a fully-prepared competition car. It features a powerful
2.0-litre EcoBoost engine, FIA regulation roll cage, uprated brakes and track-tuned suspension.

It will be available to teams soon, starting in North America, to race in a variety of series.

The all-new Focus ST-R has been crafted by engineers at Ford Racing – with technical support
from Ford’s Global Performance Vehicles group – to allow it to compete in a huge variety of
series, including Grand-Am ST, World Challenge TC and Canadian Touring Car Series. Ford
also hopes teams will race the car in key European motorsport series and major national events
such as the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.

Its linkage to the new Focus ST road car is no accident.

“From the beginning, the Focus and new Focus ST were designed to be driver’s cars,” said Jost
Capito, director of Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsport Business Development. “The
road-going Focus features best-in-class brakes, handling and powertrains and the design and
functionality of the various vehicle systems have helped us to develop a global technical
specification for teams wanting to race the new Focus cost effectively. Ford Racing in North
America has taken this effort and developed the new Focus ST-R and is a perfect example of
how a great production car inspires a competitive race car for enthusiasts.”

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Initially homologated for American and Canadian touring car racing, Focus ST-R will be
available to order from Ford dealers in North America by seasoned hardcore professional
drivers, amateur racers and track day enthusiasts as well. Ford’s vision is to broaden
availability to additional regions in the future.

“We’re thrilled to be taking the Focus ST-R from concept to reality for motorsport enthusiasts
initially in North America and potentially around the world,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford
Racing. “The previous turn-key race cars we developed for North American racing have been
hugely successful, so we are hopeful that the ST-R will be the first such vehicle for global series
and as a direct result of the company’s global platform strategy and our technical support
program for motorsport applications of Focus and Fiesta models.

“This is a competitive turn key race car that will allow our customers to compete successfully in
multiple series around the world with minor modifications. And it shows the on-going alignment
of Ford Racing with our Performance Vehicles development group.”

“Because the Focus ST-R is a production-based road race car, it features stock body panels
and production parts where possible,” added Allison. “People who buy one will get will get a fully
prepared race car that will only need communications equipment and the customer’s decals to
go racing. We’ve already had significant interest in this vehicle from numerous established race

For North American customers, the Ford Focus ST-R is the latest in a long-line of turn-key race
cars offered by the company including the Mustang FR500C, Mustang FR500S, Mustang Cobra
Jet, Boss 302R and Boss 302S. The ST-R offers clear links to the Focus ST road car.

Development work on the Focus ST-R will also result in a range of Ford Racing parts to be
made available to racers and enthusiasts around the world.

Focus Role in Ford’s Global Motorsport Strategy
The Frankfurt debut of the Focus ST-R is part of an aggressive motorsport presence for Ford,
as its strategy to support motorsport development across its core global vehicle platforms gains
traction. Ford is applying engineering and development expertise for vehicles like Focus ST-R
to spur success in competition similar to that being enjoyed by the Fiesta in RallyCross and the
X Games.

“Just as we are developing performance cars from our vehicle platforms with global customers
in mind, we’re taking the same platform approach with motorsport,” said Capito. “The intent is
to leverage our central motorsport engineering expertise to get competitive hardware in the
hands of private teams and racers all around the world, and the Focus ST-R is the latest proof.”

The global Focus race car development – a major plank in Ford’s new global motorsport
strategy – is based on international S2000 regulations. Focus ST-R adds momentum to the
new Focus motorsport story launched by Team Aon in the British Touring Car Championship.

Both the Team Aon Focus BTCC car and the new Focus ST-R are evidence of a Ford strategy
with global ambitions to help privateers to be competitive on all levels.

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