Touring Car News 98-12-29

2000 Super Tourers to phase in? It has been reported that teams in the BTCC have been given the option of running new cars with '99 engines - if they are having problems meeting the new rules in time. Alan Gow has said that '99% of the...

2000 Super Tourers to phase in?

It has been reported that teams in the BTCC have been given the option of running new cars with '99 engines - if they are having problems meeting the new rules in time. Alan Gow has said that '99% of the teams say they'll have no problem making the switch'.

Japan tourers to debut June

The new Japanese Super Silhouette series is expected to start in June. Toyota have completed their car, with Honda, Mazda, Subaru and Mitsubishi all expected to join the series.

The new series uses cars with identical chassis, but the bodywork must look like a current model of the manufacturers. It is a cheaper version of the series proposed by Bernie Ecclestone in the late 80's. Cars are expected to cost around £150,000.

New Renault Laguna for BTCC

Enrique Scalabroni - ex Ferrari and Williams F1 designer - is working on the Renault Laguna for the WIlliams touring car team. However, the car is not an update but a completely new car for the final season of the current Super Touring rules. The car is not expected to debut until March, with the first race just a few weeks away. The move could prove to be decisive to their championship chances, as most teams are expected to update their current cars for a set of rules with only one season left.

Vauxhall in ZA test

Yvan Muller and John Cleland have been testing the Triple Eight prepared Vauxhall Vectra at Kyalami. The testing is believed to have been aerodynamics related.

JAS tests new Honda

JAS, the ex-ITC team, have tested the new Honda Accord super tourer at Misano with Gabrielle Tarquini at the helm. The team has said that the car is quicker than last years car, despite rumours that straight line speed is not as good. --

Stephen M Baines http://www.motorsport.org.uk

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