New BTCC Ford breaks cover

Ford has unveiled the new Focus ST that Arena Motorsport will campaign in the British Touring Car Championship this year

New BTCC Ford breaks cover

The 'Global Touring Car', which is being presented at the Geneva Motorshow, was developed by Arena with technical support from Ford, and is set to have its first test at Oulton Park later this week.

"There has been tremendous interest in new Focus from the racing community and it's the perfect fit for a global touring car," said Jost Capito, director of Ford Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsport Business Development.

"This new BTCC Focus is the first result of a collaborative effort between Ford and race teams around the world that have already built and raced successful Focus race cars."

"The teamwork has resulted in a global technical platform for racing using a common Focus with a safety cage built to FIA regulations - a competitive platform that can be tailored for regional competition, based on different rules."

The BTCC car, which has been built to Super 2000 regulations, will be powered by a Mountune-prepared turbocharged petrol engine in line with the series' new NGTC regulations.

Reigning independents champion Tom Chilton will lead what will be at least a two-car line-up in the BTCC with Andy Neate, who tested for the team at Brands Hatch and Thruxton last week, expected to sign also.

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