BTCC » Plato hints at NGTC route for RML in 2012

Reigning British Touring Car Champion Jason Plato might rate his chances of successfully defending his crown this year as slim, but he has vowed to 'kick butt' and 'blow everyone away' with an NGTC-powered, RML-run Chevrolet Cruze in 2012

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Kiko - Unregistered

September 21, 2011 3:38 PM

Hopefully that will keep him quiet.

Eyes are playing tricks today, every time I read Cruze in a Jason Plato article all I can see is exCuse.

Anyway, why would substantial funds be required - surely Gow was bringing in the NGTC rules because they were CHEAPER???

Paul46 - Unregistered

September 21, 2011 3:50 PM

Kiko - I would have thoguht so too. Although if you read the article about 888 racing going to the NGTC motor, they also allude to increased costs. I guess once the transition is made it will become cheaper, ditching all their current motors in order to use the new ones is probably where the expense lies.


September 21, 2011 4:44 PM

@ Kiko

It is always more expensive to design & build something new than refine existing so yes initially it would need a good chunk of cash to build a NGTC.

Main difference is that Chevrolet are existing so have the development costs of an NGTC spec car to find as well as the cost of competing this year. To balance that out for a new team it costs less to build an NGTC spec car than a S2000 spec

MeymacTony - Unregistered

September 21, 2011 7:36 PM

In late 2009 I carried out a due diligence exercise on a company connected with an NGTC engine . The cost of leasing / buying / servicing such an engine was very reasonable so I wonder where Plato's comments arise?
Methinks someone is "milking la vache" with "overheads" etc. Presumably team managers / owners have to sustain their life style somehow!May one ask how much Plato receives in remuneration? ie What would be interesting would be if a team would "come clean" with detailed P&L account of running a BTCC team

Kiko - Unregistered

September 21, 2011 8:06 PM

Ok, the development side of things kinda makes sense... at the same time though, there is a good base car with a few years development behind it - I wouldn't think it would be that difficult.

Look at Rob Austin in the Audi and Wrathall in the Avensis - only a year in those cars really.

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