RML upgrades World Touring Car Championship Chevrolet Cruzes

RML has introduced a performance upgrade for its Chevrolet Cruze customer teams ahead of the World Touring Car Championship's end of season Asian rounds

RML upgrades World Touring Car Championship Chevrolet Cruzes

The Cruze started the year as the next most competitive car behind the dominant factory Citroen C-Elysees, but rivals Honda and Lada have made gains.

Campos, one of three Chevrolet WTCC customer teams along with ROAL and Munnich, flew a car back during the break between Termas de Rio Hondo and the forthcoming Beijing Goldenport event to evaluate the developments, with regular driver Dusan Borkovic testing at Barcelona.

"I do not expect the other manufacturers have spent all summer by the pool but the gains we have seen have translated on the stopwatch," said Mark Way, head of design at RML.

"Due to the track configuration, I expect them to show [better] at Shanghai than Beijing."

Munnich Motorsport driver Gianni Morbidelli is the only non-Citroen driver to have won a race this season, in round three at the Hungaroring, and the ex-Formula 1 driver also took pole position at the Salzburgring.

The relative lack of testing and resources in comparison to factory-funded competitors is cited by Way as a key factor in the recent change of competitive order.

"We have three great customer teams but they have limited resources and budget and we are not a works backed programme," he said.

"We don't have a test car or development budget. Testing outside of a race weekend has been limited and therefore the optimisation phase of the programme has been slow.

"Optimising a race car during and for a specific race weekend is one thing, developing a race car over a race weekend is another."

Further technical upgrades are planned for 2015, where time is expected to be less pressing than the compressed initial build schedule of the first TC1 cars.

RML designed, manufactured and delivered six TC1 Chevrolet Cruzes in 22 weeks at the start of this season.

shares
comments
Honda enters its WTCC car in VLN Nurburgring Nordschleife race

Previous article

Honda enters its WTCC car in VLN Nurburgring Nordschleife race

Next article

Nurburgring Nordschleife WTCC race format revealed

Nurburgring Nordschleife WTCC race format revealed
Load comments
Why joker laps are entering the mainstream Plus

Why joker laps are entering the mainstream

This season the World Touring Car Championship looks certain to bring joker laps to a circuit-racing world championship for the first time. And it need not be the daft gimmick people may think

WTCC
Apr 6, 2017
The making of the world's best tin-top driver Plus

The making of the world's best tin-top driver

He has been overshadowed at Citroen for the last three seasons, but the retirement of Yvan Muller means the world says farewell to one of touring-car racing's finest talents

WTCC
Sep 26, 2016
Volvo's plan to conquer the WTCC Plus

Volvo's plan to conquer the WTCC

Volvo gave the World Touring Car Championship a major boost when it announced it would enter the series, but its ambitions don't stop there. JACK COZENS examines its programme, the S60 and what its arrival means for the WTCC

WTCC
Jan 18, 2016
The WTCC's Nordschleife gamble paid off Plus

The WTCC's Nordschleife gamble paid off

A 17-car field on a 13-mile track - the WTCC's Nurburgring Nordschleife gamble wasn't going to be easy to pull off. STUART CODLING explains how the series made it work

WTCC
May 20, 2015
Insight from a Nordschleife master Plus

Insight from a Nordschleife master

World championship racing returns to the Nordschleife this weekend. STUART CODLING got a lesson from one of the legendary track's few masters

WTCC
May 15, 2015
Becoming world champion for £100k Plus

Becoming world champion for £100k

The 2012 World Touring Car champion says he never had the money to race cars. Yet 2015 is his 11th season in the WTCC. He talks STUART CODLING through his journey from motorsport fan to paid professional - for little more than £100,000

WTCC
Mar 23, 2015
Can the vanquished champion bounce back? Plus

Can the vanquished champion bounce back?

The World Touring Car Championship kicks off in Argentina this weekend, and Yvan Muller bids to reclaim his throne from Citroen team-mate Jose Maria Lopez. He talks to STUART CODLING

WTCC
Mar 6, 2015
The top 10 WTCC drivers of 2014 Plus

The top 10 WTCC drivers of 2014

Citroen had no rivals during the 2014 World Touring Car Championship, and 'rookie' Jose Maria Lopez hit the ground running to emerge as a worthy champion. PETER MILLS rates the field

WTCC
Dec 3, 2014