The new Ford Focus RS BTCC Racer is ready for the 2018 season

After a 27-year absence, the "RS" badge returns to the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), the new Ford Focus RS, which debuted at the Autosport International Saloon.

Designed and built in-house by Motorbase during the off-season closed, the competitor wants to take over the place where the Sierra Cosworth RS500 is left, so it will last up the track in the full race.

"I'm a fan of Ford through and over. RS is in my DNA since I competed RS Cosworths back in the day so I'm over a month to bring them back to the BTCC as part of the stable Motorsport, said team director David Bartrum. "The RS style fits so well with the BTCC body, the style is very aggressive and gave the Focus a whole new look."

The team chief added that car work included much more than "updating a few bumpers" because "many development work has entered this car and we are convinced that the improvements will be on the right track."

The new Ford Focus RS BTCC will be on the official route next month when the team will begin the pre-season test program in Spain, bearing distinct yellow and red Shredded Wheat and Gallagher Insurance decals.

Responsible for Motorbase's real ambition is Tom Chilton, who was signed for the 2018 campaign, and the team is due to announce the second driver soon.