The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship will see the return of the iconic RS badge in 2018 with Motorbase Performance fielding the Ford Focus RS.
Running under the Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher banner, the Independent squad have worked closely with technical partners Mountune and Pro Alloy during the winter to build and design both cars in-house.
Absent for 25 years, the RS badge became a popular draw in the championship with the Sierra Cosworth RS500 proving to be an unstoppable force in the late 80’s.
Looking to translate the success of yesteryear into 2018, Motorbase Team Principal David Bartrum shared his enthusiasm on bringing the RS back to the BTCC.
“I’m delighted with the new look,” said Bartrum. “The cars have been upgraded to the RS over the winter which has rejuvenated the Focus. If it goes as well as it looks, then we’ll be very happy by the end of the season.
“I’m a Ford fan through and through. The RS in my DNA from when I raced RS Cosworth’s 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 really 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.
“With the new car, and driver line-up we have in place for 2018, I can’t wait for the season to start.”
As it stands, Motorbase Performance have confirmed Tom Chilton as their first driver for the forthcoming campaign.
The car is set to hit the track for the first time next month, with pre-season testing taking the team overseas to Spain.
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