Ford is debuting the first ever touring race car version of their new Ford Focus at this year's Geneva Motor Show before its scheduled to make its track debut at the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch at the end of March. What's interesting is that the BTCC Focus is the first car from a Ford global initiative supporting private teams to develop one common race car to S2000 specification. The car was developed by Arena Motorsport with technical support from Ford.
To meet global regulations, Arena's UK-based Team Aon went with a 2.0-liter turbocharged Ford engine instead of the 1.6-liter Ford EcoBoost that's being used in Championships conforming with international FIA regulations. According to the director of Ford Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsport development, Jost Capito, "there's been tremendous interest in the new Focus from the racing community...it's the perfect fit for a global touring car." Ford has stated the new Team Aon Focus touring car will be competing in all 10 rounds of this year's British Touring Car Championship.