Ford Focus (Ghia) (1992)
One of the most radical and adventurous dream cars ever the GHIA Focus, presented at the 1992 Turin show. Based on a shortened Ford Escort Cosworth, it was naturally a very rapid sports car. But it was Taru Lahti’s styling that made the biggest impression. Novel features included whale like front stabilizers, interesting headlamp architecture, distinctive air intakes, and alien-like grabbing handles down the body sides, scalloped rear fins, central rear-exit exhaust and amazing “bubble” rear lights. The cabin was equally avant garde, combining organic shape and natural materials with an exposed, stark treatment and curious, off-centre detailing. The Focus might have made production as a Ford but was judged too radical and too expensive.