BTCC hybrid test car completes over 100 laps at Oulton Park ahead of 2022

The BTCC hybrid test car completed 118 laps in the hands of 2013 champion Andrew Jordan at Oulton Park.
BTCC hybrid test car completes over 100 laps at Oulton Park ahead of 2022

The all-new hybrid car joined the two-day Goodyear tyre test on July 6-7 as BTCC continues to prepare for the introduction of its TOCA hybrid system for 2022.

M-Sport, in partnership with Cosworth Electronics, have been working together for the implementation of the hybrid power in the championship.

The positive news is that all components in the Cosworth-TOCA Hybrid Toyota Corolla were identical to that when it first ran at Snetterton in July 2020.

With no component failures or maintenance needed, all units have now done excess of the normal annual mileage that a BTCC car would do.

Reflecting on his run at Oulton Park, Jordan said: “We’ve already done a number of other days in the car at Anglesey, but it’s important to come here so we can see performance-wise, the level that it’s at, and also to get miles on it. It needs to be reliable for when the championship goes to hybrid power next year, so we’ve done a lot more laps than anyone else purely with that reliability in mind. 

“Minor things come up, mainly software-tweaking, as they always will during the development process, and we’re working through them as we’re going. I’m really happy to be involved with it all. Yesterday I felt a bit behind the car, I haven’t driven it around here before, but today I feel much more on it. I’m trying to give feedback where I can, but I’m enjoying it.”

M-Sport Engine Engineer Liam Little was pleased with the performance and reliability of the hybrid system.

“From our side, using the engine with the TOCA Hybrid car at this test is a case of keeping it running in order to let the tyre guys do their work,” Little added. We’re happy with where we are in terms of performance and durability.”

“We’ve already undertaken five or six tests with the engine and Hybrid system so far and previously used the engine on the dyno doing a full season of running, with stopping and heat to replicate a full season. That came into the car earlier in the year and from what we’ve seen the engine’s been really good and with no issues of any consequence.”

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