When Ford rolled out the new Focus, it launched a program to adapt the car to various touring car racing specifications. The car has been performing admirably in the British Touring Car Championship, winning several races last season with Arena Motorsport to finish second in the teams standings. But now Ford's reportedly got its eye on a bigger prize.

According to Autosport, Dearborn is considering sending the Focus ST touring car up to the World Touring Car Championship. To that end, they've reportedly retained the services of the same Arena Motorsport that fields the car in the BTCC and which has, in its considerable history, run teams in A1GP, Formula Three, Le Mans and even Fomula One – scoring a podium finish under the Onyx Grand Prix banner with Stefan Johansson behind the wheel and Ford power under the hood at the 1989 Portuguese Grand Prix, just behind Gerhard Berger and Alain Prost.

The last time Ford competed in the WTCC was in 2005. But while the World Championship may not currently race in America, don't think that American automakers aren't interested in the series. The Chevrolet Cruze currently dominates the standings its factory drivers Robert Huff, Alain Menu and defending champion Yvan Muller currently holding the top three slots in the standings. Ford, it would seem, is eager to take a slice of that particular pie.


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      onewayroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm all for Focus vs Cruze on the Track. Both look bad ass in race form.
      Dan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Time to kick some Cruz butt... I hope.
      Shane Gardner
      • 3 Years Ago
      People love to blame NASCAR for the lack of a strong Touring Car series in this country. I would say that it is quite a stretch. NASCAR is strong because it's leadership since it's inception has made it the behemoth that it is. But the fact of the matter is that you can say the same as far as the SCCA and USAC is concerned. Trans-Am was king of the road courses in this country back when it had some of the biggest names in racing and full manufacturer support. Now look at it, did any of you know Trans-Am is still around? Go ahead and look it up. World Challenge has essentially replaced them. Now you could blame a lack of of support to sponsors or manufacturers but NASCAR has done the same thing. Remember Mopar bailing decades ago? Or recently Cingular getting black balled? The thing that sets them apart was always who was in charge. If the France Family was in charge of the SCCA instead of NASCAR who knows what racing would be like right now in the States.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Dan
        • 3 Years Ago
        I guess the cruz is right up your ally. Boring.
        third3ye82
        • 3 Years Ago
        Compared to the previous Focus designs particularly the US models and compared to the Cruze, the 2012 design is a piece of art.
        Oscar
        • 3 Years Ago
        Good God, you're a bore!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Except in the pictures is a Focus RS...
        amerifight
        • 3 Years Ago
        You are such a douche bag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        stclair5211
        • 3 Years Ago
        The focus is brilliant! So is the explorer. The Taurus is butt ugly I will say that, but you, GM fan boy, didn't mention that one.