WTCC Lada completes first 2014 test run

Lada has completed its first test running to the World Touring Cars Championship's 2014 regulations

WTCC Lada completes first 2014 test run

The Russian firm shook down a Granta test car complying with the new rules - which include an increase to 380bhp, a weight reduction to 1100kg and extra width - in a one-day test at Magny-Cours.

James Thompson, who has scored three top-six finishes in the last four races for Lada, was tasked with driving duties.

Lada confirmed to AUTOSPORT last month that it was in the early stages of designing and building a new car based on next year's regulations.

"We are already working on the evolution of the Lada Granta in view of the 2014 season," team principal Victor Shapovalov explained following the test.

"This car will have a more racing look, more power, more stability and drivability.

"After the first half of the season, we have a clear understanding how to improve the car.

"During the races we tested the car on various types of circuits, now we know all the strengths and weak points of the Granta and are able to worked out the programme of its technical development."

Citroen has also tested its new World Touring Car challenger, which it unveiled earlier this week.

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