BTCC to go hybrid from 2021
TOCA, the organiser of the MSA British Touring Car Championship has revealed that hybrid powertrains are set to be used in the series within the evolution of the current technical regulations at the end of 2021.
BTCC is currently run to the successful Next Generation Touring Car regulations, which are already in the second half of their ten-year term, but at a meeting of the BTCC Technical Working Group last week, a pathway for the introduction of hybrid technology was agreed.
It was confirmed at the meeting that a specified hybrid unit would be fitted to all cars as an addition to their current drive train. This will allow every car to have a reserve of supplementary hybrid power available to them during each race, which drivers can use as part of their overall race strategy.
The Technical Working Group is now set to focus on the detailed engineering aspect of the project, with finite technical decisions set to be made over the coming 12-18 months. It is envisaged that some current cars will be fitted with hybrid units during 2020/21 as part of the project’s test and development programme.
“We’re going through a very important and exciting time for this great championship, so I’m delighted to now confirm that the BTCC will be introducing hybrid energy as part of our evolution,” said Alan Gow, BTCC Series Director.
“This concept was very welcomed at our recent TWG meeting and now the real work begins as to the technical implementation. But different to hybrid development within the likes of Formula 1, this certainly shouldn’t – and won’t – be an ‘extreme’ technical exercise, but rather will be one which we will introduce within our NGTC technical regulations relatively seamlessly and very cost-effectively.
“Just as importantly, by incorporating hybrid it keeps the BTCC absolutely relevant to manufacturers, sponsors and the public… with the added benefit of further enhancing our great racing. Drivers will have a given reserve of additional hybrid power to use during each race, which will provide an extra element of race-craft and excitement to the fantastically close and entertaining racing that is the hallmark of the BTCC.”