The Sweeney stays loyal to Ford

imageFilm remake of the 70s TV show uses the new, high-performance Ford Focus ST hatchback.

A film remake of The Sweeney will feature the new ST version of the Ford Focus

Flying Squad detectives Jack Regan and George Carter (Ray Winstone and Ben Drew taking on the roles made famous by John Thaw and Dennis Waterman) will drive the hot-hatchback as they give chase to London’s criminals.

The ST features a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine developing 247bhp. The black cars used in the filming should be rather more rapid and responsive than the cars used in the original 1970s television show. Ford’s strong link with the series saw Regan, Carter and their Flying Squad colleagues using a string of Granadas, Consuls and Cortinas as they cleaned up the mean streets of London.

Last month six special early-build Ford Focus ST models were delivered to The Sweeney set, joining the Ford Mondeos, Galaxys and Transits also being used as unmarked vehicles. Filming is scheduled to take place until Christmas.

The Ford Focus ST goes on sale in the summer. The Sweeney will premiere in September.

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