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Ford Focus gets Nissan GT-R engine conversion for Pikes Peak (video)

A very innovative Australian-built Ford Focus race car will be debuting at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, featuring a crazy Nissan GT-R engine conversion.

With a body loosely resembling the production Focus, the mechanicals differ very heavily from the front-wheel drive sedan or hatch, as you can probably tell by the enormous scoops protruding from the front and insanely large rear wing.

Instead of a four-cylinder engine mounted east-west under the bonnet, you will find the 3.8-litre VR38DETT from the Nissan GT-R, wound up to 633kW and 976Nm, and mounted amidship, connected to a sequential gearbox and all-wheel drive.

It is made by Aussie performance shop Race Innovation and Tony Quinn, who has raced in Targa Tasmania before. Highlights include a kerb weight of just 985kg, which is less than the 999kg it can generate at 200km/h thanks to the insane aero kit. It also uses a completely stripped out interior with a full roll cage, custom tubular chassis, race wheels and brakes, and adjustable suspension.

You can see it in action below, or at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb next month.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.