Across America in the Ford Focus ST
It's one of TG magazine's greatest ever adventures: coast to coast across the US in the hot Ford. In five days...
Posted: 10 Oct 2013
‘SPEED ENFORCED BY AIRCRAFT’ read the roadside warning signs. On empty, straight roads amid massive scenery, even 65mph – the top speed permitted on American highways, though many have lower limits – feels absurdly slow. We tried to stick to the limit. We broadly failed. The ST is a mighty, mighty quick car. Zero to 60mph takes 6.2secs; it feels faster. In-gear punch is spectacular, the Focus delivering a mighty slug of mid-range torque before straining to its 6,800rpm limit, blasting past the odd lumbering truck. This car is an overtaking monster.
We crossed into Arizona and picked up old Route 66, America’s most famous road and the nation’s first paved highway. In the Great Depression, Sixty-Six was the very spine of the USA, as hundreds of thousands journeyed west to escape the Dust Bowl and seek their fortunes. Now it’s near-empty: bypassed by the interstate to the south, its motels and diners abandoned, only travelled by idiots who figured it’d be fun to cross America without using proper roads.