MG Unlikely for DTM

The current financial crisis plaguing British car manufacturer MG is almost certain to have put an end to their planned entrance into the DTM series

MG Unlikely for DTM

The MG Rover Group was placed into administration recently after ownership discussions with Chinese manufacturer Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation collapsed, with production now on hold at MG's Longbridge plant.

The group, which was losing a reported £20 million per month, has also shut down their Sport and Racing division, which was in charge of the MG ZT 260 DTM project, built by Zytec Engineering and due to start racing at Spa Francorchamps in May.

An insider at MG, when asked if there was any way the programme could continue, told Autosport magazine: "Heaven knows. The people who will be making the decisions from now on will be the administrators, not us."

The team was set to be run by Arena International with British driver Tom Chilton in one of the cars. Both team and driver are now likely to return to the British Touring Car Championship, possibly running a Honda Civic Type-R.

Development of the car was funded by DTM organisers ITR, who were hoping for another brand to replace Opel, which is pulling out at the end of the season. The project could still be rebodied for another manufacturer, if one could be identified at this late stage.

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