Toyota is moving ahead with its Avensis-based BTCC touring car which is currently undergoing wind tunnel testing at the MIRA aerodynamic facility in the UK.
The Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) Avensis is being built by GPR Motorsport and two teams have already committed to running the Avensis in the BTCC series - Dynojet and Speedworks.
The touring car was tested in the MIRA wind tunnel alongside its road-going sibling. The test was to establish a baseline for its aerodynamics and fix a position for the large rear wing to provide the proper level of down-force, according to the championship's technical director, Peter Riches.
"I am pleased to say that this was quickly achieved, and it means that we now have a base line for all cars built to the NGTC regulations and have saved a lot of development time and potential expense for the teams," said Riches.
The Avensis BTCC will make its racing debut April 3 at the Dunlop MSA BTCC event at Brands Hatch.