New 300HP Toyota Avensis BTCC Racer Revealed in the Flesh [with Video]

The two new Toyota Avensis “Next Generation Touring Cars” (NGTC) received their public debut on Thursday at the Silverstone circuit today, a week before the start of the British Touring Car Championship. The Avensis racers went on display wearing the liveries of privateer teams Dynojet Racing and Hughes Motorsport/Speedworks.

The Avensis race cars will be driven by Frank Wrathall Jr. and Tony Hughes. “The Toyota looks amazing and we are all delighted with it,” said Wrathall. “Yes, it is frustrating not to have done more testing, but the first few rounds were always going to be tough for us, so we will just get on with it and do the best, most competitive job that we can.”

Both cars have been built by GPR Motorsport on bodyshells from the production line of Toyota’s Burnaston plant. Under the bonnet of Wrathall’s Avensis lies a 2.0-liter turbocharged Toyota engine developed by X Ctech R that puts out more than 300 horsepower. The team’s engineers hope this unit will prove to be one of the lightest and most powerful engines of the championship.

The 2011 BTCC will enjoy a record 27-car entry, with 10 different manufacturers represented: Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Proton, SEAT, Toyota, Vauxhall and Volkswagen.

Out of the 27 cars, 13 different models will be fighting for honors: Audi A4, BMW 320si, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Lacetti, Ford Focus, “Global” Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Honda Integra, Proton Gen-2, SEAT Leon, Toyota Avensis, Vauxhall Vectra and VW Golf. Scroll down to see the NGTC-spec Toyota Avensis in action during preliminary testing.

By Dan Mihalascu

PHOTO GALLERY

_______________________________________________________________________

VIDEOS

Audi Delivers 38 New R8 V10s To Customers At Its Ingolstadt HQ

Audi shows that rumors about the death of the naturally aspirated supercar are somewhat exaggerated .

Dune Bashing 101: This Is How You Tackle The Sands, Seat Tarraco-Style

Seat shows six easy rules to follow that will improve your desert-driving abilities.

All-New Peugeot 2008 Available In Petrol, Diesel, And EV Forms

The Peugeot 2008 will reach showrooms next year and looks very similar to the 3008.

If That’s The New Peugeot 2008, It Does Look Stunning

Heavily inspired by the 208, the second-gen 2008 is easily one of the best looking small crossovers.

Watch A 1025 HP Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roam The Autobahn

This Mercedes SLS AMG topped out at near 200 mph but can probably exceed 220 mph.

2020 Bentley Flying Spur Would Make An Elegant Estate

We’d rather have this than a Bentayga, but actual customers beg to differ, so it’s a no-go.

This G-Wagen Kit For The Suzuki Jimny Looks As Good As The Real Thing

No aftermarket body kit comes close to matching this one as far as making a G-Wagen impression goes.

2020 BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe Combines Good Looks With Up To 523 HP

BMW has offically unveiled the new 8-Series Gran Coupe and it offers a twin-turbo V8 with up to 523 hp .

Bentley To Electrify All Models, First EV Coming By 2025

The upcoming hybrids could use the same powertrain as the Bentayga Hybrid.

Your Next Toyota Will Protect You From CO2 Poisoning, Rollaway Risk

Starting from 2020MY cars, Toyota’s new systems will make customers’ lives safer.