Touring Championship announced - Friday, November 5 TOCA ANNOUNCES CARS ELIGIBLE FOR SUPER PRODUCTION CLASS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5: There will be 49 cars representing 25 manufacturers eligible for the international Super Production category...
Touring Championship announced - Friday, November 5
TOCA ANNOUNCES CARS ELIGIBLE FOR SUPER PRODUCTION CLASS
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5:
There will be 49 cars representing 25 manufacturers eligible for the international Super Production category being added to next year's BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Championship motor racing series.
Kelvin O'Reilly, Chief Executive of championship organisers TOCA Australia, today announced the list of Super Production vehicles, which will compete as a class within the championship.
The Super Production eligibility list for the championship comprises 31 cars from 20 manufacturers currently homologated with the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) in Group N, and a further 18 cars from five additional manufacturers which can be registered with TOCA Australia for competition.
O'Reilly said the 49 cars eligible for the Super Production class included 40 models which had not previously competed in the championship since it began in 1994.
These include the Honda Integra, Toyota Corolla Seca, Ford Fiesta, Mazda 626, Mercedes C220, BMW 318i E46, and Volkswagon Golf and Passat.
"Our championship has always featured a diverse range of cars and manufacturers, and the introduction of the Super Production class will add further variety as well as increase numbers on the grid," said O'Reilly.
Base vehicles in the Super Production class will be large-scale two or four-door cars, and they are expected to generate about 200-horsepower. Original gearboxes and suspensions must be used, and models from a 'family' of 2,500 units are eligible.
O'Reilly said cost estimates provided by professional preparers indicated it would cost around $40,000 to convert standard road cars to Super Production race trim.
The introduction of the Super Production class is part of sweeping changes previously announced for the 2000 championship.
Existing Super Touring cars powered by two-litre engines that have contested the championship since its inception will continue, and will be joined by vehicles complying with the British Touring Car Championship 2001 regulations.
O'Reilly said it was expected the 2000 championship calendar would be announced in the near future.
He confirmed the series would comprise eight rounds, as since 1995, and would be televised by the Seven Network for a second successive year. Television coverage would comprise a total of 16 hours.
SUPER PRODUCTION CAR LIST Cars eligible for 2000 BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Championship
CARS HOMOLOGATED WITH FIA IN GROUP N: Alfa Romeo 156 T Spark BMW 320i (E36) Citroen Xsara Daihatsu Charade Daewoo Nubira, Lanos, Cielo Ford Fiesta, Mondeo, Escort Holden Vectra, Astra Honda Civic, Integra Hyundai Lantra Kia Sephia Mazda Xedos, Lantis Nissan Primera, Sunny, Micra Peugeot 306 Proton Wira, Satria Saab 900 Seat Ibiza Suzuki Baleno Toyota Corolla Seca VW Golf, Vento GT Volvo S40
NON-FIA HOMOLOGATED CARS THAT CAN BE REGISTERED WITH TOCA: Audi A4 BMW 318i (E46) Chrysler Neon Daihatsu Applause Ford Laser Hyundai Sonata Kia Mentor Lexus IS200 Mazda 323, 626 Mercedes C220 Mitsubishi Mirage, Lancer Nissan Pulsar Peugeot 406 Proton Satria Seat Cordoba VW Passat
NOTE: Complete technical regulations for the Super Production and British Touring Car Championship 2001 classes are available on the TOCA Australia website: www.toca.com.au, or: www.fia.com. Further enquires contact TOCA Australia Chief Executive Kelvin O'Reilly - Tel: (07) 5527-7666. Fax: (07) 5527-7655. E-Mail: email@example.com