Hybrid Toyota Corolla BTCC completes first testJuly 10, 2020
The new system was developed by Cosworth.
The Toyota Corolla from Speedworks Motorsport, powered by Cosworth’s new TOCA hybrid system, due in 2022, has passed BTCC’s two-day trial at Snetterton in Norfolk in various weather conditions. Driven by driver Darren Turner.
The hybrid system will be integrated into the existing 2.0-liter turbocharged transmission using a 60 V electric motor mounted on the gearbox. Activating the hybrid mode will add about 40 hp. to car power output.
Head of the British Touring Car Racing Championship (BTCC) Alan Gow said the test was “an extremely proud moment for everyone involved in BTCC and the TOCA Hybrid project itself.”
“BTCC was the first major series of cars to confirm its intentions and ways of introducing hybrid technologies, and this is undoubtedly another extremely important milestone in this area. This is obviously just the beginning of an extensive program ahead, before the full implementation of hybrid technology in BTCC in 2022, but we should thank Cosworth, Speedworks and all the participating technical partners for their professionalism, experience and efficiency, ”Gou said.
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