BTCC squad Motorbase in BMW move for 2015

British Touring Car squad Motorbase could develop a new NGTC BMW 3 Series car to run alongside its Fords next season

BTCC squad Motorbase in BMW move for 2015

David Bartrum's team won races with its S2000 BMWs before switching to Ford Focuses. It introduced its self-built NGTC Focus during 2012, but has failed to win a BTCC race since October that season.

This year Motorbase is running three Fords, but Bartrum confirmed he is considering running one rear-wheel-drive BMW and two front-wheel-drive Fords in 2015.

"The nice thing about NGTC is the flexibility and I'm not yet sure FWD is the way to go," he told AUTOSPORT.

"We have a brand new 3 Series shell in the workshop and I think a touring car BMW should be a 3 Series."

Bartrum confirmed the idea had come about due to the need to build a new Focus shell.

"We needed a shell and realised we could take one of the current cars apart, keep the shell, and build a BMW for Mat Jackson," added Bartrum, who could use the TOCA engine or a BMW unit.

"It's very much a work in progress, but I loved my BMW days. I've got this little burning desire to do it."

Jackson, who finished second in the 2008 BTCC with a BMW, added: "I'd like to drive a 3 Series because of the RWD - look at the advantage you'd have off the line."

WSR has already won races with its NGTC 1 Series, but no squad has yet developed a 3 Series NGTC machine.

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