Thorney Motorsport unveils NGTC Vauxhall Insignia ahead of Silverstone BTCC debut

Thorney Motorsport has unveiled the NGTC-spec Vauxhall Insignia it will run in the British Touring Car Championship finale

Thorney Motorsport unveils NGTC Vauxhall Insignia ahead of Silverstone BTCC debut

The car, which will be driven by team owner John Thorne at Silverstone this weekend will be powered by the TOCA turbocharged engine initially.

The team then plans to switch to a self-developed Vauxhall unit for 2012, having ended its association with Neil Brown Engineering.

"We did originally work with NBE for our new engine but we withdrew from the project due to a variety of concerns," said Thorne.

"We will now develop the engine, based on the Insignia SRI engine available in the road car, in house. However due to time constraints we have decided to use the TOCA engine and evaluate its performance for Silverstone until our own engine is ready for testing."

The team will run one car at Silverstone in a dramatic 'batmobile' livery, and have already started production of two further NGTC Insignias, which will be ready to race next year as part of its plan to supply a number of customers.

Thorne added: "Its our plan to not just have one or two Insignias on the grid for Thorney Motorsport, but also to supply other teams with their own cars either as a racing shell or as a complete car with or without engine, it appears that this is something of great interest to teams both already in the BTCC but also those looking to come in and does reflect very positively on the NGTC regulations."

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