The team plan to test and develop the cars before entering the WTCC full-time later this year, possibly in time for the late European rounds but certainly for the overseas events in the Americas and Far East. Rotek Racing will initially be based in Germany at their Nürburgring facility, but will move in early summer to new premises at Sonoma Raceway.
USA driver Robb Holland, who had his first taste of WTCC last year at Sonoma in a bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Cruze, will race one of the cars while negotiations are well advanced with another driver.
The cars have been updated to 2013 specification and will be powered once more by the Mountune Performance developed 1.6 turbo ecoboost engine.
Robb Holland commented: “Last season I became the first and to date the only American to race in the WTCC and so to be moving full-time into the series with an American team and an American manufacturer is very exciting. The guys at Rotek Racing have acquired two well-built cars from Arena and I can’t wait to get started on the extensive test program they have planned between now and our WTCC race debut together.”