Motorbase reveals restyled Focus RS for 2018

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Motorbase Performance will bring the RS name back to the British Touring Car Championship grid for the first time since 1991 after reshaping its Ford Focus for this season.

The squad finished sixth in the Teams Championship in 2017, while Mat Jackson was its lead representative in the drivers’ points in eighth with one victory.

It unveiled an updated Focus – which features the latest RS-spec bodywork – for the 2018 season at Autosport International in Birmingham on Thursday.

Motorbase has already signed Tom Chilton for the 2018 campaign and is expected to announce a second driver shortly.

Team principal David Bartrum said the new look had been in development for months at the squad’s Kent workshops.

“I’m a Ford fan through and through,” said Bartrum.

“The RS name [is] in my DNA from when I raced [production saloon] Ford Sierra RS Cosworths back in the day so I’m over the moon to bring them back to the BTCC as part of the Motorbase stable.

“The RS styling suits the BTCC bodywork so well, the styling is aggressive and has given the Focus a whole new look.

“The team have done an excellent job over the winter, it’s not just been a case of updating a few bumpers, a lot of development work has gone into this car and we’re confident that the improvements will show on track.”

The team will now head to Spain to conduct its pre-season testing.

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