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BTCC reveals NGTC base car

Toyota Avensis to be used as the Next Generation Touring Car prototype
TOCA has confirmed that the Toyota Avensis will be used as the test and development car for the Next Generation Touring Car regulations that will come into play for the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.

Toyota has supplied a full donor car and a new bodyshell to GPR Motorsport, which is currently working alongside a number of the BTCC's technical partners to design and construct the first NGTC machine.

Double champion James Thompson will then be handed the role of test and development driver when the car hits the track, with a testing programme set to take place before the car makes its public debut in free practice during the season finale at Brands Hatch in October.

“We would like to thank Toyota for its generous and highly valued contribution to this project,” series director Alan Gow said. “The Avensis is an ideal platform for the new car; it's fully suited to the NGTC ethos and, just like our new BTCC regulations, is proudly built in Britain.”

Toyota was keen to point out that the decision to provide a car for the NGTC development programme isn't a commitment to re-enter the series with a works team, but insisted it will following the prototype build 'with great interest'.



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Mock-up of 2011 BTCC Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC)
Lea Wood (GBR) Houseman Racing Toyota Avensis
Lea Wood (GBR) Houseman Racing Toyota Avensis
Lea Wood (GBR) Houseman Racing Toyota Avensis
Lea Wood (GBR) Houseman Racing Toyota Avensis
Lea Wood (GBR) Houseman Racing Toyota Avensis
Tom Ingram (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis Grid Girl
Tom Ingram (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis Grid Girl
Tom Ingram (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis
Tom Ingram (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis
Tom Ingram (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis
Tom Ingram (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis
Tom Ingram (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis
Tom Ingram (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis
Tom Ingram (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis
Tom Ingram (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis
Tom Ingram (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis Grid Girl
Tom Ingram (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis

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MuppetControl - Unregistered

August 03, 2010 9:43 AM

Hope this is the start of something new a fresh because the BTCC (and WTCC) has become tedious over the last few years. Remember the Mansell guest drive years? The Cossie era and Aussie challenge matches? They were on a completely different entertainment level to now, it was truly awesome. The grandstands were rammed unlike the often half-empty circuits you see now and that was in a time before mass performance car exposure really took off from the likes of MaxPower, Revs, Evo, Internet forums, (new) Top Gear, Fifth Gear (oh yeah, and Dave)etc....so what have the governing body been playing at all this time? If the product is dull (i.e. racing tedious hatchbacks) then the public won't go.

JMD - Unregistered

August 03, 2010 6:25 PM

Mansals guest drives were in a mondeo??? And that era was fine, it didnt need Skylines or blown cossies to be exciting. Although while i dont agree we need big power and rwd to make it good, I do agree in the spirit of the cossie in that it was a lot closer to the road car than the current Touring cars.



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