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News Ford Explorer ST Gets a Ford Performance Makeover

Ford Explorer ST Gets a Ford Performance Makeover

The modified Ford Explorer ST will be used as part of ST SUV Experience for owners

  • Explorer ST converted into a 4-passenger track vehicle.

  • Features a custom-fabricated roll cage.

  • It will be revealed at the upcoming Woodward Dream Cruise.

By some margin, this is the coolest-looking modern Ford Explorer we’ve ever seen. This one-of-a-kind race-modified Ford Explorer ST belongs to the Ford Performance Racing School and it’s ready for some serious track use.

The Explorer ST is already a potent and capable SUV. Its 3.0-litre EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6 engine produces 400 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque, plenty of get up and go. To curb speed on corner entry, this Explorer has been fitted with front Shelby GT500 16.5-inch vented rotors clamped down onto by Brembo six-piston monobloc aluminum calipers. Just ahead of the brakes are Signature Wheels SV503 Track Series 21-inch wheels shod with 315/30ZR21 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

The Enthusiast ST is the new Standard Equipment Group within the ST model and features the looks and performance of Explorer ST at a lower MSRP of $48,750.

As this Explorer ST will be used by the Ford Performance Racing School, it features four RECARO Cross Sportster CS seats with custom FPRS trim and Safecraft 4-point safety harnesses, racing window nets, all wrapped in a custom fabricated, MIG welded 4-passenger, 4-door dual main hoop SUV full safety cage.

“Based on our experience with the production vehicle in the no-charge program we and Ford offer Explorer ST and Edge ST owners exclusively, the ST SUV Experience, the Explorer ST is a phenomenal vehicle. Already fast and nimble, our goal with our modified vehicle is to take this already capable platform and turn up the volume a bit… further unleashing the beast into one capable of thrilling up to four people on the track – all in a safe and controlled manner. Working closely with Ford engineers and with our valued partners we are on our way to accomplishing just that – and this vehicle is scheduled to see plenty of track time starting shortly after the Woodward Dream Cruise”, said Dan McKeever, president, Ford Performance Racing School. “This is a work in progress. The vehicle will undergo more performance tuning as we learn its full potential.”

The Explorer will debut at the 26th annual Woodward Dream Cruise on August 21, 2021.

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Matt St-Pierre
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