Toyota Corolla BTCC makes track debut
A month before the start of the British Touring Car Championship, Team Toyota GB and Speedworks Motorsport completed the first real-world test of the new Toyota Corolla Sport BTCC at the Oulton Park circuit (UK).
The car was driven by Tom Ingram (25), a young but experienced driver who already has two championship titles and nine BTCC victories under his belt.
After testing the driver stated: “This was a really positive day and it was nice to put everyone’s mind at ease that the Corolla is a good car. Having completed the shake-down we have a really good platform to start chasing the performance and fast lap times. If we had to head to Brands Hatch for the first race now, I wouldn’t feel nervous about it, we’re in a really good place.”
The racing version of the new Corolla hatch looks menancing under the camouflage livery thanks to its extreme aerodynamic package that includes extended fenders, deeper bumpers and a large rear wing. The team didn’t anounce the specifications of the engine which according to the BTCC regulations will be a turbocharged 2.0 liter, combined with a 6-speed sequential gearbox.
The Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship kicks off on the 6th of April 2019 at Brands Hatch (West Kingsdown, England). In the 2019 season, the new Toyota Corolla will race against the racing versions of the Honda Civic Type R, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and the BMW 3-series.