TOCA has opened tenders to invite expressions of interest from companies wanting to supply the hybrid system for the British Touring Car Championship, which is set to be introduced by 2022.
TOCA had already announced in August last year that the BTCC would switch to hybrid power by 2022, with the system potentially being brought forward to 2021 if ‘key parameters are met’.
A specified hybrid unit will be fitted to all cars in addition to their current drivetrain. Each car will have a supplementary reserve of power available during each race, enabling a ‘push-to-pass’ system and a new strategic element to the races.
Over the last nine months, TOCA has “heavily engaged with industry experts to clearly define the technical, performance, system specification, servicing and commercial requirements. This comprehensive document is now available to those parties interested in tendering.”
The statement issued by TOCA continued: “The winning contractor will be required to produce a light, cost effective, low-voltage hybrid system with proven durability. This hybrid system will be incorporated into the current specification BTCC cars – additional to their 2-litre turbocharged engines.”
The contract is expected to be awarded within the next three months.
Expressions of interest should be directed to:
Peter Riches, BTCC Technical Director, email [email protected], telephone 01953 797169.