The Los Angeles Auto Show hosts the debut of the Focus Race Car Concept this week, complete with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and full roll cage.
With hints of the Focus ST unveiled in Paris in September, the Race Car Concept will form the basis of a global Ford racing car, competing in both US and European series.
There's no power output specified yet, but expect well over 250hp from the turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine - a tuned version of that in the ST.
It sits on 18-inch light alloys, shod in Hoosier racing rubber, and features adjustable AST coil-over dampers. The chunky anti-roll bars are from Ford Racing.
Inside there's an FIA-certified roll cage, a pair of Recaro buckets and six-point harnesses.
The finished race car makes its debut at the British Touring Car Championship in 2011 and will later have its stamina tested at the Nürburgring 24-hour race.