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Toyota Avensis to enter British Touring Car Championship - first photos

 Toyota Avensis to enter British Touring Car Championship - first photos
Toyota Avensis Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) racing concept illustration 10.09.2010

Toyota has released first illustrations of the Avensis Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) racing concept. 

Scheduled to make its track debut at this year's final round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), the Avensis NGTC will be designed and engineered by GPR Motorsport in Buckingham as a test and development model.

With the anticpation of new BTCC rules in 2011, GPR Motorsports has been given a donor car and bodyshell to build using the new specifications.

When the Avensis NGTC makes its first public race appearance at Brands Hatch on 9 – 10 October, James Thompson, a BTCC double champion, will be at the helm.

Toyota has stated there are no plans to re-enter the championship with a works team, but has been pleased to lend its support to ToCA (Touring Car Association), appropriately with the British-built Avensis which is manufactured at Burnaston in Derbyshire, close to the Donington Park race circuit.

Source: Toyota

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 SPORTINGUISTA_29 SPORTINGUISTA_29
nice car
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September 12, 2010 5:04 pm
 najdier najdier
A logical and long-overdue move by Toyota. Too bad BTCC events aren't viewable in my region.
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September 11, 2010 6:52 pm
 9TNine 9TNine
@swatti Excellent point but Toyota never had the fine art of making sportscars… Toyota always depended on Lotus input which Toyota gladly passed off as their own, then when that ended so did that “fine art”...
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September 11, 2010 12:57 pm
 swatti swatti
Its boring! Its Japanese! Its AVENSIS!! And now, with a spoiler... Toyota had forgotten the fine art of making sportscars ever since mk4 supra, so now they make a "racer" out of a car that is the cheapest taxi-car you can find. So, they built a time machine in secret and vacuumed in some poor college-kiddo's tuner-hotrod. Now they are brobly torturing him of any info on how to make the next twenty years even more boring cars... Or has anyone actually seen a new toyota recenty and thought: "Cool, i want one!" Exactly...
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September 11, 2010 9:51 am
 HEMI426 HEMI426
With rearwheeldrive?
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September 10, 2010 4:56 pm
 Shaktiman Shaktiman
finally.. a toyota that looks more xciting than a bowl of boiled rice!!
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September 10, 2010 2:34 pm
 Mikeado Mikeado
Could this be an exciting Toyota? If you want one of your cars to be associated with entertaining racing, there isn't a better place to go than the BTCC. Although, it helps if the drivers are competitive and finish high.
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September 10, 2010 11:24 am