Ford Focus ST hits the track in cow-colored paint

Ford's Team RS and SVT engineering teams are putting a fleet of around 60 pre-production prototypes as the automaker begins the process of testing its new hot hatch. And because this will be Ford's first true "global" enthusiast car, the testing's running on both sides of the Atlantic — from California's freeways to the freakin' Nürburgring.

Ford Focus ST hits the track in cow-colored paint

The ST — which will supposedly replace the ST and RS models for one, unified super-awesome-fun-team-branded-car — will feature Ford's new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which should help the Focus ST to hit its target of 246 hp, while still maintaing tolerable fuel economy.

The Focus ST, Ford's first global performance car, goes on sale next year. We want to play with one very badly.