Ford has launched its new 'Global' Focus racer, which will make its competition debut in the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Arena Motorsport has developed the car with technical support from Ford and is set to enter two cars into the new BTCC season under the same Team Aon banner it has run under for the past two seasons.
Tom Chilton is set to lead the team for a third successive year, with Andy Neate tipped to join him after testing the team's 2010 car on a number of occasions in recent weeks.
The car has been designed to Super 2000 regulations but is able to run a variety of different engine configurations, with the BTCC entry being powered a two-litre turbocharged engine built by Mountune to the new NGTC regulations.
"There has been tremendous interest in new Focus from the racing community and it's the perfect fit for a global touring car,” Jost Capito, director of Ford Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsport Business Development said. “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.
"Ford has a long and very successful history of using motorsport to influence the development of high-performance vehicles. This will become very evident as the Focus touring car programme will also provide valuable input as we develop the upcoming Focus ST production car."
Rival outfit Airwaves Racing will run the 2010-spec Focus during the season ahead, albeit also running with the NGTC engine.