The Ford Focus ST diesel provides consumers with a more fuel efficient, cheaper to run alternative to the standard 250 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline version of the hot hatchback. To prove the ST truly can truly be both economical and sporty and isn’t just a slow diesel dressed up in a tracksuit, Ford drove it from London all the way to the Nurburgring, put it around the track for a few laps, and drove it all the way back, and they attempted it with only one tank of fuel.
All Focus ST diesels are powered by a 2.0-liter, 148 horsepower diesel engine with 295 lb-ft of torque connected to a six-speed manual transmission. The performance isn’t quite the same as the petrol, with an 8.1 second 0-60 mph and a top speed of 135 mph, but it can return up to 56 MPG on the US cycle, so it makes a bit more sense as a daily driver in Europe. That’s the idea, anyways, but Ford’s ambitious London-to-Germany trip truly put it to the test.
Check out the video below to see if the Focus ST diesel made it from the UK to the Nurburgring and back on one tank of fuel like Ford planned. They met up with pro driver Paul ‘Lord of the Ring’ Wijgaerts when at the track, too, who thrashed it around the Nordschleife before handing the keys back for the trip home, so he might’ve put a small damper on their plans to minimize fuel consumption.