A new system for establishing the Balance of Performance [BoP] for TCR cars will be used from 2019 onwards, whereby only models subjected to a new homologation will take part in an on-track test.
In previous years a car from each homologated model was sent to an on-track test, where an official TCR test driver set a representative lap time.
For 2019, only cars subject to new homologation will take part in the on-track test. That means the models being represented will be the Hyundai Veloster N, the Lynk & Co 03, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce, the LADA Vesta Sport and the Renault Mégane.
The test will be held at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo (Valencia) in Spain on 17 February. Valencia was also the location of the BoP tests in 2016 and 2018.
Each car’s performance will be compared to “that of a homologated TCR model that will be named in due course” read a WSC statement.
The statement also stated that “the rest of the BoP process will consist of thorough static checks on all the TCR models.
“Engine power, torque and boost pressure will be measured on the dynamometer bench at ORAL Engineering – located nearby Modena – in the first half of February; while downforce and drag will be evaluated in the Pininfarina wind tunnel at Grugliasco on January 28th and 29th.”
Once the season begins, all series and championships which have adopted the TCR Technical Regulations must adopt the BoP, which is then subsequently adjusted by using the common compensation weight system and sporting regulations of each championship.