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Ford Focus for World Touring Car Championship in 2005
The Hotfiel Sport team, based in Kirchlengern near Herford, Germany, will campaign two new Ford Focus Touring Cars in the inaugural 2005 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).
The new Focus has been developed as a touring car kit by Ford TeamRS for customer teams to race under the new Super 2000 Touring Car regulations. It will allow Ford's existing and potential customer teams to compete in that category at the highest level, with an affordable budget and a competitive car. Hotfiel is the first team to announce its plans.
Hotfiel has confirmed that it intends to compete with the new Focus in all 10 of the 2005 WTCC events starting on 10 April in Monza, Italy. The other races will be staged in Oschersleben, Istanbul, Spa, Magny Cours, BrĂĽnn, Silverstone or Donington, Mexico City and Valencia before the final race in Macau.
The racing version of the Ford Focus 150hp Duratec alloy engine has been combined with a mechanical sequential six-speed gearbox and boosted to around 270hp in accordance with the new regulations.
"We're delighted that Hotfiel has taken the initiative to enter the new Ford Focus in 2005, and we will be watching their progress with great interest," said Ford TeamRS Director, Jost Capito.
"We hope this will inspire other teams to develop their own programmes using the new Ford Focus.
"Ford of Europe's priority remains the FIA World Rally Championship with the Focus RS WRC, but we will continue to encourage privateers who realise the strength and competitiveness of our cars across a wide range of motor sports."
Editor: Street Fords Magazine - Issue #1 on sale MARCH 2005
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