Ford has built a track-ready Explorer ST that cannot be bought

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Ford will present a track-ready Explorer ST at the Woodward Dream Cruise on August 21st. The modified SUV was built for the Ford Performance Racing School, which offers driving lessons to Ford Performance vehicle owners.

Modifications included lowering the third row and adding a roll cage. The remaining four seats are Recaro Cross Sportster CS shells with four-point seat belts. Window nets were installed in all four doors.

The ST rides on Signature Wheels SV503 Track Series wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Ford also upgraded the front brakes with 16.5-inch ventilated rotors from the year Shelby GT500 Mustang, clamped by Brembo 6-piston monobloc aluminum calipers.

Ford didn’t mention any changes to the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, so it likely puts out the same 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque as before. The shifting tasks are performed by a 10-speed automatic transmission, which transfers the power to all four wheels.

The modified Explorer ST will be on display at the Ford Performance Racing School’s Woodward booth to promote the ST SUV. Experience the school for Explorer ST and Edge ST Owner. It will still have some track time going forward, but before that it still needs some additional tuning, said Dan McKeever, president of Ford Performance Racing School, in a statement.

For the 2021 model year, Ford is also adding one Enthusiast version of the ST for installation. It eliminates some of the standard version’s luxury items, such as power side mirrors, heated second row bucket seats, and the Bang & Olufsen 12-speaker audio system, but retains the 12.3-inch touchscreen and a long list of driver aids. Other additions to the Explorer 2021 range include luxurious ones King ranch and outside Timberline Models.


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