This championship is part of the British Touring Car Package
This championship is administered by:
The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) is one of the premier events in the British racing season. They may look like
ordinary household saloons from the outside but don't be fooled, under the bonnet there is more grunt than your local pig farm.
The regulation are based on the FIA Class 2 Touring Car Technical Regulations. Cars must have four doors and be longer than
4.2m. 25,000 road cars must be produced within 12 months for the car to be homologated.
Engines are 2 litres with a maximum of six cylinders. They can either come from the homologated car or another model in the
manufacturer's range. If the engine is taken from another model, at least 25,000 engines have to been built in a 12 month period.
An electronic limiter restricts engine revs to 8500 rpm. The gearbox is free but cannot have more than six ratios and reverse must
be retained. The original layout of the engine must be retained from the car (ie longitudinal or transverse).
In 1998 the format was changed to only allow front wheel drive vehicles. Rear and four wheel drive cars were no longer allowed.
In 2000 and number of changes have been made to the regulations. 2001 will see the all-new low-cost BTCC regulations.
A significantly increased prize / start money package.
No TOCA / BTCC registration fees.
A special forum to be convened with potential Independent entries.
Further details and other incentives to be announced in the near future.
Michelin have been awarded the contract for 3 years.
2 choices of slick tyres, no intermediates.
A maximum of 28 slick tyres for each car for the entire weekend (i.e. TOCA test, qualifying and races).
No restriction on wet tyres.
Teams may use part-worn tyres as part of their allocation.
The use of tyre warmers is not permitted.
Any competitor changing an engine between qualifying and the first race will forfeit their grid positio
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