This year’s SEMA show was as electrifying as ever. AST Suspension – USA had its hands in some of the awesomeness.
Ford Racing ST-R Focus GRAND AM race car
Ford Racing debuted the Focus ST-R, their latest turn key race car. The looks like the road going (forthcoming) Ford Focus ST, but is all race car underneath with a roll cage, beefier brakes, a powerful 2.0L EcoBoost engine and a “tuned” suspension. The “tuned” suspension are 2 way adjustable AST 5200 series dampers, one of the spec shocks for the GRAND AM Continental Tire Challenge series. You can read the rest of Ford’s press release or “Road & Track” magazine’s coverage for the full details.
Capaldi Racing Ford Focus Street Tuner
Capaldi Racing is known around the road racing community as a top notch race shop the builds and campaigns race cars in several different US race series such as NASA, GRAND-AM and the SCCA. At SEMA this year, Capaldi decided to do something a little different by building a Ford Focus street tuner. AST 4100 series single adjustable dampers can be found on the car. The specs of the car can be found on Capaldiracing.com.
LS3 Powered E30 M3
Lurking in the Heatshield Products booth was a 480 hp, fire-breathing Chevy LS3 powered V8 built by Kevin Byrd. Kevin’s “E30 M(LS)3″ utilizes AST 3 way adjustable 5300 series dampers to make it stick on the street or track. Check out Autoguide.com‘s coverage of the car.
Kia Rio 5-Door B-Spec race car
The B-Spec series is a low budget racing class featuring compact hatchbacks with little to no engine modifications. The B-Spec series is currently supported by Kia, Mazda, Fiat and Honda. This Kia Rio 5-door is set up with AST 3000 series dampers (non-adjustable). Check out autoguide.com‘s coverage.