Ford has revealed its new Touring car, which will make its first appearance at Brands Hatch
1 March 2011

Ford has revealed its new Focus Touring car at the Geneva motor show.

Due to make its first appearance at Brands Hatch in the British Touring Car Championship, this is the world's first touring race car based on Ford's all-new Focus.

The Focus racer - developed by Arena Motorsport with technical support from Ford - is the first car to emerge from a global initiative by the car maker to support private teams in developing one common race car to S2000 specification.

Arena Motorsport's UK-based Team Aon will compete in all 10 rounds of the 2011 BTCC, with its car, which ‘typifies the flexible approach possible in this programme,’ according to the company.

Specification includes running in the 2011 season with a turbocharged 2.0-litre Ford engine to meet current local regulations, rather than the 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost engine other teams will use in Championships in line with international FIA rules.

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