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 |  Nov 18 2010, 3:03 PM

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As promised, we now have plenty of photos to share with you of the new Ford Focus Race Car Concept, after its debut at the LA Auto Show.

Debuting alongside the high-performance Focus ST on which its based and sporting the same 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder, Ford has designed the car to meet regulations on several continents, with its debut set for the 2011 British Touring Car Championship.

Ford says the car will meet regulations in the U.S. and it intends to offer the car to teams in the U.S. (likely to race in Grand AM and World Challenge), however, there are no existing plans for a factory backed team. (Unfortunately for the Focus, it’s not the Mustang and will, therefore, never get Ford’s full racing attention here in the U.S.)

The Focus race car gets an adjustable coilover suspension, Ford Racing sway bars, massive 320-millimeter front brakes with race pads and some ultra-sexy 18-inch wheels. Inside there are the usual goodies like a roll cage and Recaro racing seats.

“There has been tremendous interest from the racing world in the new Focus, and it’s the perfect fit for a global touring car,” said Jost Capito, director of Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsport Business Development. “Even more, by working with professional private race teams, we’re ensuring Focus has the support it needs to compete and win around the world.”

GALLERY: Ford Focus Race Car Concept

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 |  Nov 17 2010, 12:30 PM

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Debuting alongside a new Focus EV and the high-performance Focus ST at the LA Auto Show is Ford‘s new global Race Car Concept. Based on the Focus ST model and sporting the same 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder, Ford has designed the car to meet regulations on several continents, with its debut set for the 2011 British Touring Car Championship.

Ford says the car will meet regulations in the U.S. and it intends to offer the car to teams in the U.S. (likely to race in Grand AM and World Challenge), however, there are no existing plans for a factory backed team.

The Focus race car gets an adjustable coilover suspension, Ford Racing sway bars, massive 320-millimeter front brakes with race pads and some ultra-sexy 18-inch wheels. Inside there are the usual goodies like a roll cage and Recaro racing seats.

“There has been tremendous interest from the racing world in the new Focus, and it’s the perfect fit for a global touring car,” said Jost Capito, director of Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsport Business Development. “Even more, by working with professional private race teams, we’re ensuring Focus has the support it needs to compete and win around the world.”

Look for more photos live from the LA Auto Show today and visit out LA Auto Show hub for full coverage.

GALLERY: Ford Focus Race Car Concept

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 |  Nov 02 2010, 2:15 PM

With Ford‘s new Focus the first official global platform by the Blue Oval, it only makes sense that they’d strive to raise the car’s awareness on a global level by building a uniform touring car to compete around the world.

And that’s just what Ford is doing, announcing today at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas that it will unveil the next-generation Global Focus Touring Car at the LA Auto Show in just a few weeks time.

After its debut, the Focus Touring Car will first compete in the 2011 British Touring Car Championship and Ford has hinted it will compete at the 24 Hours of the Nurburgring as well.

According to Jost Capito, director of Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsports Business Development at Ford, the Blue Oval will work with individual teams to ensure the car meets international regulations, meaning we’re likely to see some cars competing in the Grand Am and World Challenge series in the near future.

While full specs won’t be unveiled until the LA Show, Ford has said the Focus Touring Car will be powered by the same EcoBoost engine found under the hood of the new hot-hatch Focus ST model.

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