Focus touring car will enter the 2011 British Touring Car Championship as well as the 24-hr endurance race at the Nürburgring.

Ford has announced at the SEMA show in Las Vegas that the new Focus model will be the basis for its future touring car race entries.

"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 in a press release, Ford's director of Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsports Business Development.

Ford will work with professional race teams around the world, as well as its own race divisions, to develop a touring car Focus to compete in FIA events. Ford plans to enter a Focus touring car racer in the 2011 British Touring Car Championship. The Focus touring car will also compete in the China Touring Car Championship and the 24-hr Nürburgring endurance race.

Ford hopes that touring car cache will help give upcoming variants such as the Focus ST a global luster that can also attract sales in North America.

Ford makes new Focus its touring race car