ZHUHAI, China — Entering its 10th year as China’s top racing competition, the 2013 China Touring Car Championship (CTCC) kicked off at Zhuhai International Circuit on May 12, where Changan Ford unveiled its new racing car and racing team for this year.
Four drivers have been included in the Changan Ford team including new recruit Xinzhe Xie, a young but talented driver who was the champion of the mass production car category last season. He joins Andy Yan, Rainey He and Tengyi Jiang.
The Young Driver Program, which was launched in 2007, offers young drivers the opportunity to learn and grow. Changan Ford’s combination of a brilliant young driver and its veteran team members will make the team even more competitive this season.
Robust cars are as important as racing drivers and another highlight of the event was to unveil the new Ford Focus racing car. The new Focus has been styled to have a sleeker look, with its streamlined exterior contoured by a lower roof which has made it easy to refit the car for racing.
Rainey He gave an introduction on the new racing car, which is a modification based on the new Ford Focus sedan that has been upgraded to conform to the new rules for the 2013 season. The new racing car has a new look in blue, symbolic of Changan Ford, underlined by the white hood. The colors are set to have a strong visual impact.
“The dynamic and stylish exterior design of the new Ford Focus production car, together with the new painting, makes the new Focus Racing car more attractive and eye-catching,” said Xuezhen Wei, from Beijing News, one of 56 journalists who attended the event.
Demonstrating the racing DNA of Ford models and the excellent quality of the new Ford Focus, the new sedan racing car has been reduced in weight by 60kg thanks to the fine-tuning and use of lightweight materials. Strict wind tunnel testing, aerodynamic body structure and the proportion of the body have combined to help reduce the air drag by 6 percent compared to last year’s car, helping add to its speed.
“Changan Ford began its participation in CTCC in 2006, and we have won 5 championships in the past 7 years. We are very committed and serious about racing in China. This commitment is demonstrated with the introduction of the all new Ford Focus sedan, which will be competing in the 2013 season,” said Marin Burela, President & CEO, Changan Ford.
The new Focus racing car soon proved its excellent performance in the first race, and despite heavy rain, Rainey He was able to secure a second-place finish.
“This all new Ford Focus has been designed and developed to deliver enhanced levels of driving dynamics, handling and overall performance. We at Changan Ford racing not only participate, we like to win. We are looking forward with confidence to another exciting and successful 2013 CTCC season,” Marin Burela added.
“Rainey He finished the race in second place in the bad weather which reflected his good driving skills and the excellent performance of the New Focus Racing Car,” commented by Di Wu from sina.com
Changan Ford introduced Ford’s 100-year racing history into China in 2006 when it joined CTCC. This year marks the 10th year of CTCC, and as the top manufacturing brand in Chinese motor racing, Changan Ford has provided continuous support to the development of China’s motor sport. This year, the Changan Ford racing team is in full gear to set off on a new journey to win again.