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.

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

Mitchell is a contributing journalist 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.