While we have already seen the upcoming 2012 Ford Focus ST as presented in the auto show circuit in the last year, Ford is releasing “spy photos” of it in testing as well as a full outline of the car’s development to this stage.

Since being combined into one unit, Ford’s Team RS and SVT engineering groups have been putting Focus ST prototypes through the ringer around the world. Getting the first world performance version ready to launch next year is a big task.

In Europe and North America, a fleet of around 60 pre-production prototypes are being fine-tuned for driving dynamics and performance. The prototypes are based on standard new Focus vehicles and, in some cases, prior-generation Focus ST models. Recently, the development team completed demanding cold weather testing in northern Europe, as well as exacting tests and exercises to refine steering performance.

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