New LADA Priora to make World Touring Car Championship debut The new LADA Priora will make its WTCC debut on 5 July 2009 in Portugal. Starting from the Porto race, the LADA SPORT Team will enter a new World Touring Car to replace the current...
New LADA Priora to make World Touring Car Championship debut
The new LADA Priora will make its WTCC debut on 5 July 2009 in Portugal. Starting from the Porto race, the LADA SPORT Team will enter a new World Touring Car to replace the current LADA 110 2.0. Before then, the existing car will benefit from an improved engine even earlier, in time for the Valencia race at the end of May. The design and development work for this new project has been ongoing since the end of last year.
As team leader Viktor Shapovalov points out : "LADA's latest challenger is undergoing improvement all the time, with several new parts and details constantly being tested. In particular, the car's suspension will be heavily revised, with some of these changes being seen on the current car in time for the Morocco race in Marrakech from 2-3 May. By the end of May the LADA cars will also receive more powerful engines. This will allow the team to increase the car's top speed on the straights and to reduce the gap between LADA and the championship leaders."
The new LADA Priora is currently being constructed in the LADA SPORT workshops, with the aerodynamic package having already been defined in the wind tunnel. At the end of May the new LADA will take to the track for the first time in testing.
Vladislav Nezvankin, the director of LADA SPORT, said: "The first aerodynamic tests in the wind tunnel have showed that our new LADA Priora is well balanced, which is extremely important on all the tracks we will visit. The drag coefficient is very low and that makes us competitive. The original LADA 110, which serves as a base for the new LADA Priora, already had a very low drag factor. This makes LADA one of the best cars in its class".