November 3rd, 2010
Ford's newest offering, Focus, will race as a touring car globally, building off Ford's history in engineering race-ready platforms. The first race appearance for the car is anticipated to be in the 2011 British Touring Car Championship. (Ford Racing Photo)
LAS VEGAS — Ford revealed its plans to utilize its redesigned Focus model for auto racing, specifically in the 2011 British Touring Car Championship.
The move, announced at the 2010 Specialty Equipment Market Ass’n show in Las Vegas, extends Ford’s reputation for offering race-capable, affordable platforms that can be converted into a race car, including Mustang and most recently, Fiesta.
That tradition will continue as the new Focus takes over as Ford’s global touring car, to be developed with private race teams in cooperation with the company’s global motorsports group.
“There has been tremendous interest from the racing world about the new Focus, and it’s the perfect fit for a global touring car,” said Jost Capito, director of Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsports Business Development. “Even more, by working with professional private race teams, we’re ensuring Focus has the support it needs to compete and win.”
The benefits of the Focus touring car will stretch beyond the track.
“Ford’s commitment to using motorsports to influence high-performance vehicles will be highly evident, as the development of the Focus touring car will benefit the upcoming Focus ST production car,” said Capito. “It’s very similar to how the Mustang team was able to apply learnings from the Ford Racing Boss 302R to the 2012 Mustang Boss 302.”
The first race appearance for the Focus is targeted for the 2011 British Touring Car Championship. Globally, the race car has the potential to run in many national and regional championships, such as the China Touring Car Championship and 24-hour endurance races like the classic Nürburgring in Germany.
The global Focus race car will be powered by Ford’s EcoBoost engine technology which will go into production in the Focus ST.
Professional private race teams are partnering with Ford to develop common technical specifications for the race car, which will conform to Federation Internationale de L’Automobile Super 2000 regulations with potential to adopt to other regulations.
The teams are being brought together by Ford to determine their strengths and define roles for the development of the race car. Ford also supports the race teams by providing data, advanced engineering tools, state-of-the-art testing facilities and production parts, resulting in teams racing more competitive cars that are developed with greater efficiency.