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Refocused: Mitchell Donat’s Competition Orange SVT

My experience in the automotive community has taught me, if nothing else, that taste is both completely subjective and often deeply rooted in an owner’s psyche. Each of has our own favorite brand, and an idea of what are acceptable modifications within the confines of what we deem appropriate.  While there are certainly those that jump ship on occasion, forsaking their last love for new opportunities in power or style, most people know what they love, and love what they know.  And in that mindset, Mitchell Donat knew that when he purchased his car, he wanted to go the JDM route, and to build a car for speed.  Obviously, things didn’t quite work out that way.

Mitchell began his search with the intent of finding either an Integra GS-R or a Z32 300ZX. A day before he set off to begin the test drives, however, his father convinced him to take a look at this Competition Orange SVT Focus.  He admits, “At first I was skeptical of buying [it] because I was intrigued by the JDM scene at the time and I didn’t want to be laughed at for owning and modding a Ford Focus. But I ended up going to take a look at the car and as soon as we pulled up my jaw dropped . . .” His amazement quickly turned into serious interest as he realized that the Focus offered a full leather Recaro interior, a Getrag 6 speed transmission, and that neck-breaking factory orange paint. He purchased the car and hasn’t looked back since.

The original plan for the car was big performance, but after he contrasted his available capital to the demands of a high horsepower build, his tire-melting dreams came crashing down to the ground; but as one can see, laying on asphalt is not a bad place for this Focus to be. The contrast of the orange paint and gunmetal ABT wheels gives impact to the new direction of the car.

Many of us, as proud enthusiasts, would like to claim that our cars are products of vision and sheer determination. We imagined what our car would be, found the perfect canvas, and made deliberate choices to bring the project to completion. Honestly though, opportunity and necessity often sneak into the best laid plans, forcing us to second-guess our original visions. Sometimes we must compromise, or more optimistically, just discover something new, as Mitchell did with his Focus.  Regardless of whatever moves that direction change though, adaptability is key to still finding success in wherever the build ends up heading.  This SVT Ford is proof that with a proper refocusing,  compromise can still work in a big way.

  • Alex Perrucci

    Love it! Is there somewhere I can get slightly higher res photos for a desktop background.

  • Justin Achelpohl

    Nice feature! These were taken at the Raleigh Springs Mall in Memphis/Raleigh, right? Mitch/Mitchell lives around the corner in the same neighborhood as a good friend. I stare at the car every time I drive by. He’s done a great job with it.

  • bluegolfer95

    Dang, good read. I relate with this story quite well actually since I ended up with an MK4 Golf 2.0 instead of the Z32 300ZX I wanted so badly. But I love my Golf, and I want to just make a good clean build out of it! Great looking SVT too :)

  • Bill

    Well that’s a familiar story; I spend all last summer shopping for a DC2 or DC4, and bought a Mk3 Focus instead. Would I do it again? Absolutely.

    Definitely a nice Focus here, the Competition Orange paint is one of my favourites.

  • Armanda Zukic

    Heck yeah Mitch!!!! I love your car, well deserved!!

  • drew broderick

    :droooool: I have a sonic blue svtf thats get a nice drop soon. if it looks half as good as this ill be happy, great feature.

  • Lorenzo

    Congrats Mitch, I knew it was only a matter of time before you got a feature. That car was to clean to be ignored

  • Jason Clifton

    Any info on those ABT wheels? Like PCD, width and offset etc etc? I’m assuming they’re 4×108’s?

  • bryan

    This looks like such an awkward looking car that its hard for me to like it.

  • Thiago

    Thats awesome! Doing exclusive things, thats the way!

  • wteebo

    Any info on suspension?

  • Mitchell

    Thanks guys for the love!!

    the wheel specs are 17×8.5 +22 and suspension is raceland coilovers, dominant eng (front lca, rear camber arms, rear toe arms, swaybar endlinks) suspension parts

  • Rogé M

    Damn, this is just awesome! What a beautiful Focus!
    That Focus-owner could be my brother!

    I hope you can see my album of my Focus, I don’t have any problem with that:
    http://www.facebook.com/roge.moonen#!/media/set/?set=a.383186071754648.87342.100001897746681&type=3

    As you can see, hopefully, I live in Europe and I just almost have the European version of this Focus!
    I really, really respect this car and owner! Thanks for posting this awesome article!

    Gr. Rogé ;)

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