Ford revealed today at the 2010 LA Auto Show, the Focus Race Car Concept, a car that previews the potential of the all-new 2012 Ford Focus to compete in road and touring car championships. The car is powered by a sophisticated 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost I-4 engine, found also on the 2012 Focus ST and capable to deliver 247 hp.
Furthermore, the car features performance coil-over adjustable dampers, Ford Racing upgraded sway bars with adjustable end links and front brakes with 320-millimeter two-piece rotors and race pads. As expected, it comes with new Anthracite 18-inch wheels wrapped in high-performance Hoosier race tires. In addition, the car was fitted with a roll-cage, new Recaro racing seat, AIM MXL Pista data system and AIM SmartyCam.
Ford Racing fire suppression system and Ford Racing six-point safety harness, complete the transition from street-spec to race-ready. The new Focus race car will make its debut in the 2011 British Touring Car Championship.
Globally, but it also has the potential to run in other national and regional championships, such as the China Touring Car Championship and 24-hour endurance races like the classic Nürburgring in Germany.
The Focus, according to auto exec Josh Capito, has managed to catch the interest of the racing world and is more than fit to be considered a global touring car. Capito added that by working alongside professional and private race teams, the company can ensure that the Focus will have the support that it needs not just to be able to compete but also to win in different races worldwide.
The different teams that will partner with Ford are expected to develop the common technical specifications needed for a race car. These specifications must conform to the regulations set by FIA Super 2000 as well as be able to adopt other possible regulations.
Ford brought together the various teams in order to channel their particular strengths and define their roles needed to develop the race car. For its part, Ford supported the team by giving data, production parts, advanced engineering tools, and even state-of-the-art testing facilities.
The result is expected to be that teams will be able to race in more competitive cars since they have been made to improve efficiency. Capito shared that it is clear the brand is committed to utilizing motorsports in order to have high-performance vehicles.
In addition, developing the Focus touring car also allowed Ford to get the important input needed in order to develop the Focus ST production car. This process is similar to what the Mustang team applied to the 2012 Mustang Boos 302, using what it learned from the Ford Racing Boss 302R.