Ford Focus Touring
From Ford press: The world's first touring race car based on Ford's all-new Focus makes its global debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, just weeks before it is scheduled to appear on the track for the first time in the ultra-competitive British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch.
Developed by Arena International Motorsport, with technical support from Ford, it is the first car to emerge from a global initiative by Ford to support private teams around the globe in developing one common race car to S2000 specification, to help private teams win major touring car categories worldwide. The first application appears on the track only a few weeks after the road-going Ford Focus will be on sale to customers across Europe and North America.
Arena International Motorsport's UK-based Team Aon has been a successful long-term competitor in the British Touring Car series with a version of the previous Focus ST model. Just 18 months after their first race with this car, the team and driver Tom Chilton secured both the 2010 Independent Teams’ Championship and Independent Drivers’ Championship titles in the UK
The Team Aon car typifies the flexible approach possible in this programme. Its specification includes running in the 2011 season with a turbocharged 2.0-litre port fuelled 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 regulations.