The Dynojet Race Team's Avensis BTCC car that will be raced by Frank Wrathall Jnr will be powered by a Toyota engine, it was announced today.
The 2.0-litre turbocharged power unit adapted from one of Toyota's road-going range is currently under Toyota GB-funded development at the Northamptonshire laboratories of engineering consultancy X CTech R.
X CTech R technicians hope it will prove to be one of the lightest and most powerful engines on the grid of the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
In addition to the turbocharger, the Toyota engine will feature a number of internal revisions which will boost power output from around 140 bhp in road specification to - it is hoped - 300-plus bhp.
“The Toyota 3ZR engine is a lightweight, compact package which we have optimised to ensure delivery of the required performance and durability,” said X CTech R technical director Mark Faulkner.
“This is an exciting programme and will allow us to showcase our experience with turbocharged touring car engines. We are looking forward to working closely with Dynojet and Frank to get the very best out of the complete package.”
Dynojet Race Team chief Frank Wrathall Snr added: “The Avensis has been designed to the 'Next Generation Touring Car' rules, which means we could have opted for the stock TOCA engine, however we were enormously impressed by the plans put forward by X CTech R and felt that this was the right way for us to go, not least because it means our Avensis will be 100 per cent Toyota.”
Wrathall Jnr meanwhile believes the Toyota-powered Dynojet Race Team Avensis will more than live up to expectations.
“All the elements are in place for it to be very competitive indeed and I'm excited to get behind the wheel for the first time and get a feel for the Avensis, which will be the first front-drive car I have raced,” stated the 24-year-old, who was the Ginetta G50 Champion last year.