In our June/July issue, we treated readers to a taste of this 2001 Ford Focus (built by Sony Mobile Electronics project marketing manager Andrew Sivori and the Mobile Electronics Technical Center team) in Sound Trax. However, Sony supplied those images and the "focus" of the photos (and Robert Janis's text) was the state-of-the-art Sony sight and sound system. Yet, it didn't begin to do justice to the car itself.
So, when our fearless leader Marco Patino saw the Focus at the recent International Auto Salon (IAS) in Long Beach, California (featured elsewhere in this issue), he said, "This has got to be on the cover!" So let it be written, so let it be done! The day following IAS, the one-of-a-kind car was in our studio and captured on film for your eyes only.
It was no accident that Sony again chose the Ford Focus to serve as its product platform; it's becoming so popular with the Euro audience. The two-door started life with a plain Jane white body, the usual factory accessories and a green interior, but with the talents of Sony's team, and the help of a couple of leading custom shops, it's become a feast for the senses. (For all of the details on the awesome Sony audio/video system, order a back issue of the June/July 2002 issue.)
Paint and Body Mods:
Wings West Avenger ground effects kit, M3-style mirrors, Morette headlights and taillights, custom hood and expanded mesh grille inserts, tangerine sunset pearl paint with blue marble accents and Xplod graphics all done by Dave at Sano's Custom Paint in Dayton, New Jersey.
Stock 2-liter Zetech 4-cylinder engine with an Iceman cold air intake, NOS nitrous oxide system and Borla stainless steel exhaust with dual 4-inch tips.
Rims and Rubber:
ASA 17x7.5-inch KA3 alloy wheels with Yokohama Parada performance radials.
Owner: Sony Mobile ElectronicsVehicle: 2001 Ford Focus ZX3City/State: Park Ridge, New Jersey
H&R dropped springs and Stainless Steel Brake Force 10 slotted disc brakes with 13-inch four-piston calipers in the front and 11-inch two-piston calipers in the rear.
The interior was completely gutted then Dynamat lined, and the rear seat replaced with a custom fiberglass amp rack and subwoofer enclosure. The gauges were relocated to the center of a custom-made dash, which, along with a custom center console, molded door speaker pods and two-toned blue suede Corbeau Targa RS front seats, was installed by Hudson Valley Interior in West Nyack, New York.
All Sony, including a CDX-MP70 AM/FM/CD head unit, DRN-XM01R XM radio receiver, DVX-100 10-disc DVD changer, six video and computer monitors, CDX757MX 10-disc MP3/CD/CD-RW changer, three XM1600GSD class D one-channel amps, two XM475GSX four-channel amps, four 6-inch midbass speakers, four 51/4-inch midrange, two 61/2-inch three-way triaxials, six subwoofers, rear-view TV camera, Sony PlayStation 2, and Monster Cable accessories and connectors.