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




No, This Backwards-Facing Pickup Isn’t Really Driving In Reverse

This Chevrolet pickup somehow passed all safety inspections in Massachusetts and is totally road legal.

Bespoke 1968 Cadillac Coupe DeVille Thinks It’s Worth Almost $45K

This ’68 Coupe DeVille was built as a show car with many custom parts and was featured at the 2016 SEMA.

2019 Renault Kadjar Makes It To Australia With 157 HP 1.3L Turbo Four

Order books for the facelifted Kadjar have opened Down Under, with prices starting at AUD $29,990.

Fire Truck Rolls During School Demonstration While Making Sharp Turn

Five firefighters were onboard the vehicle when it rolled over and, although they were taken to the hospital, they were soon released.

Chevrolet Trailblazer Drives Through A Mall Causing Chaos And Destruction

The driver was taken into custody, but there’s no word on a motive.

Audi To Offer 30 Electrified Models By 2025, Including 20 EVs

Audi will also continue to develop conventional engines, but they’ll be mild-hybrid units.

AAA Says Owning A New Car Costs You Over $9,200 Per Year

The survey, which excluded high-end models, found out that the biggest ownership cost of a new car is depreciation, averaging over $3,300 a year.

Bugatti’s Second Model Slated To Be A High-Riding Four-Seater With Off-Road Capability

The upcoming crossover could cost around $1 million.

North American Car, Utility And Truck Of The Year Semifinalists Announced

The Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911 and Toyota Supra will battle for the title of North American Car of the year.

Tesla Model S Breaks Down On The Nurburgring, Gets Passed By A Porsche Taycan

Tesla has suffered an embarrassing setback in their attempt to beat Porsche’s lap record.