The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship is in rude health at the moment and Sunday’s opening rounds at Brands Hatch will highlight the success of the formula.
The formula, called Next Generation Touring Car, is five years old this year, although because it has been such a success, series director Alan Gow would prefer it to be called the 'Now Generation Touring Car'.
The NGTC rules put in place in the championship state that cars are built with number of standardised parts. The championship technical bosses mandate things such as the subframes, electrics, brakes, clutch and gearbox in an effort to keep a lid on the costs. Give a racing team a blank chequebook, and it will go cost crazy so these measures have helped to even up the playing field.
Because the parts are standardised, it means that running gear can be split if a car is sold on. For example, the Dynojet team built an Toyota Avensis in 2008, and when it was sold to rival Adam Morgan, Dynojet kept the running gear and built up a new shell. Morgan built his car up into a race Toyota, and then put the transferred the kit to his new Mercedes-Benz A-Class after selling his Avensis to yet another competitor. So one car then spawned three race machines.