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LADA to debut new car in Porto
8 April 2009
LADA Sport has announced that the new Priora model will make its debut in the World Touring Car Championship on the streets of Porto in July.
The team had initially planned to debut the car in the Czech Republic in late June, but it will now hit the track for the first time during the Portuguese race weekend a matter of weeks later.
The car is currently being constructed in the team's workshop and is set to hit the track for its first tests at the end of May.
"The first aerodynamic tests in the wind tunnel have showed that our new LADA Priora is well balanced, which is extremely important on all the tracks we will visit,” LADA Sport director Vladislav Nezvankin said. “The drag coefficient is very low and that makes us competitive.
“The original LADA 110, which serves as a base for the new LADA Priora, already had a very low drag factor. This makes LADA one of the best cars in its class.”
Prior to the Priora making its race debut, the team will benefit from improvements to the current 110 model, which will benefit from an updated engine for the Spanish event in Valencia at the end of May – with the improvements being gradually introduced in the preceeding events in Morocco and France.
"LADA's latest challenger is undergoing improvement all the time, with several new parts and details constantly being tested,” team leader Viktor Shapovalov explained. “In particular, the car's suspension will be heavily revised, with some of these changes being seen on the current car in time for the Morocco race in Marrakech from 2-3 May.
“By the end of May the LADA cars will also receive more powerful engines. This will allow the team to increase the car's top speed on the straights and to reduce the gap between LADA and the championship leaders."