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We’ve been following Toyota‘s Avensis BTCC Race Cars for quite some time now, and we’re happy to report that they’ve publicly debuted ahead of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship begins. Both Dynojet Racing’s and Hughes Motorsport/Speedworks’ Avensis were on display for the public and the media at Silverstone.
Unfortunately for both teams, both race cars experienced technical difficulties that restricted comprehensive testing on the track. Reports from Toyota are that the cars ran into power steering and fuel pump issues, but both teams are optimistic that the cars will be competitive come race day.
Regardless, it’s nice to see the cars out in public. A compact Toyota has never looked so cool.
GALLERY: Toyota Avensis BTCC Race Cars
While there was much anticipation for the debut of Toyota’s Avensis BTCC Touring Car last October, the project was delayed. Now we’ve received word that it will be making its debut on April 3rd at the Dunlop MSA BTCC event in Brands Hatch in the UK.
The Avensis is still being built by GPR Motorsport and they have announced that two teams have committed to running the Avensis in the BTCC series: Dynojet and Speedworks.
Currently the Avensis is at the MIRA aerodynamic facility in the UK going thorough wind tunnel testing. In order to get a credible baseline to compare to their race car, a factory Avensis was used, giving the team plenty of data in order to fine-tune the aerodynamics of the race car.
A few more renderings can be found below, but we’d really like to see more of this machine in the sheet metal.
GALLERY: Toyota Avensis BTCC Touring Car
Toyota has continued to expand its current involvement in all forms of motorsports with the release of this Toyota Avensis Next Generation Touring Car concept rendering. Already under construction, Toyota plans on having GPR Motorsports in Buckingham debut this vehicle at the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship’s final round.
Knowing that new BTCC rules are on the horizon for 2011, GPR Motorsports is currently building the donor car and bodyshell towards the new 2011 specifications. And when it finally makes its debut on October 9-10th, James Thompson, a two-time BTCC double champion, will be behind the wheel.
We look forward to the debut of this 300-hp, FWD Avensis, as Toyota has been doing fairly exciting things in racing recently.
GALLERY: Toyota Avensis Next Generation Touring Car