NGTC completes wind-tunnel testing
|By Pablo Elizalde||Wednesday, January 26th 2011, 12:59 GMT|
The British Touring Car Championship's 'Next Generation Touring Car' took a step towards its competition debut after an extensive wind-tunnel testing programme was completed.
The work took place at the MIRA facilities in the UK, and it moved the Toyota Avensis a step closer to its racing debut.
The NGTC prototype made its public track debut in October last year and will compete for the first time in the opening race of the BTCC at Brands Hatch on 3 April.
"We needed to fix a position for the rear wing, based on the aerodynamics of the road car, which gave the levels of downforce we were looking for," said the championship's technical director, Peter Riches.
"I am pleased to say that this was quickly achieved, and it means that we now have a base line for all cars built to the NGTC regulations and have saved a lot of development time and potential expense for the teams."
Three privateer teams - Dynojet, Speedworks and Rob Austin Racing (two cars) - have so far committed to running the NGTC this year.