The eagerly anticipated film remake of The Sweeney will swap a Ford Consul for a brand new Focus ST – which has already been spotted in action on set.

The new ST, officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, doesn't go on sale until summer 2012, but the producers of The Sweeney have taken delivery of a few early build models already.

The 2012 movie adaptation of the classic '70s cop drama will see Ray Winstone and Ben Drew (aka Plan B) play Flying Squad detectives Jack Regan and George Carter. They'll be chasing criminals in a black Focus ST.

Ford has given the ST a blistering 247bhp 2.0-litre turbo engine, drawing from the experience of making the sensational Focus RS – the first production front-wheel drive hatchback to break the 300bhp mark – to ensure it puts the power down without steering itself off the road.

Ford marketing boss Anthony Ireson, who'll be rubbing his hands together with glee at this sort of publicity, said: "The new Focus ST is a hugely exciting car for Ford with terrific dynamic credibility. It will be a car for real driving enthusiasts, so Regan and Carter won't be disappointed."

Co-writer and Director Nick Love said: "It was important for me to collaborate with Ford on The Sweeney as their legacy with the original TV show is so strong – they're the perfect partner. I like the Ford Focus ST so much, I want one!"

So do we, Nick, so do we.

Other Fords supplied for the movie include Mondeos, Galaxys and Transit vans, which will be seen in place of the Granadas and Cortinas of the original TV series.

It's unlikely, however, that the Focus ST will enter the pantheon of classic movie cars. It can't travel time or anything. Pah.