2012 Ford Focus Race Car Concept introduced at the 2010 LA Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 17, 2010

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.

Press Release

Ford Focus Race Car Concept

Ford Motor Company is putting racing on the map at the 2010 Los Angeles International Auto Show with the debut of the Focus race car concept, demonstrating future potential for the all-new 2012 Ford Focus to compete in road and touring car championships with teams around the world.

The Focus race car concept is a dramatic example of Ford’s global approach to product development and builds on the company’s comprehensive approach to leveraging its global product platforms.

This race car concept, powered by the sophisticated 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost I-4 engine, is the first to benefit from a collaborative effort between Ford and race teams around the world that have already built and raced successful Focus race cars. The Focus race car concept has been based around rules governing circuit racing in the United States and beyond.

Using the all-new Focus as its base, the Focus race car concept features AST 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. The Anthracite 18-inch wheels and Hoosier race tires put the finishing touches on the exterior.

In addition to the FIA Super 2000 regulations roll cage, interior components include a Recaro® racing seat, AIM MXL Pista data system and AIM Smart Smart yCam. Ford Racing fire suppression system and Ford Racing six-point safety harness round out the modifications that bring the car from street-spec to race-ready.

“There has been tremendous interest from the racing world in the new Focus, and it’s the perfect fit for a global touring car,” said Capito. “Even more, by working with professional private race teams, we’re ensuring Focus has the support it needs to compete and win around the world.”

Professional private race teams are partnering with Ford to develop common technical specifications for the race car, which will conform to FIA Super 2000 regulations with potential to adopt to other regulations.

The teams are being brought together by Ford to harness their strengths and define roles for the development of the race car. Ford will also support 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.

“Ford’s commitment to using motorsports to influence high-performance vehicles will be highly evident, as the development of the Focus touring car will also provide valuable input as we develop 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.

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