Toyota Avensis to enter British Touring Car Championship - first photos

Toyota Avensis Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) racing concept illustration 10.09.2010
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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nice car
Sep 13th, 2010 12:04am
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najdier najdier
A logical and long-overdue move by Toyota. Too bad BTCC events aren't viewable in my region.
Sep 12th, 2010 1:52am
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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”...
Sep 11th, 2010 7:57pm
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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...
Sep 11th, 2010 4:51pm
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Mikeado Mikeado
Does the FT-86 count? Or the Lexus LFA? This is the magic of the BTCC, and indeed motorsport in general. Your average Vauxhall Astra, Honda Civic or Ford Focus is turned into a racing machine, an action hero on the track. In the 90s, all the boring repmobiles - Vauxhall Cavalier, Renault Laguna, Ford Mondeo, BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, even the dreary Toyota Carina - diced for position every other Sunday and made you think that their road-faring counterparts were just as exciting. Even if weren't, it still improved their image in the UK because you could pretend you were a racing driver in your average car. I guess Toyota want the same to happen with their underwhelming Avensis.
Sep 12th, 2010 4:01pm
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With rearwheeldrive?
Sep 10th, 2010 11:56pm
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Mikeado Mikeado
FWD with 300bhp. Racing tyres and suspension dial down the understeer. The only RWD car in the series is the BMW 320si, because the road car is.
Sep 12th, 2010 3:45pm
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Shaktiman Shaktiman
finally.. a toyota that looks more xciting than a bowl of boiled rice!!
Sep 10th, 2010 9:34pm
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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.
Sep 10th, 2010 6:24pm
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