Subaru Levorgs Join BTCC Grid
Subaru is hoping that two Levorg estates driven by Jason Plato and Colin Turkington will bring it success in this year’s British Touring Car Championship. What can we expect?
Subaru will pit a brace of Levorg estates at the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) this year and it’s BTCC legend Jason Plato and 2014 champion Colin Turkington who will be at the helms.
Warren Scott’s Team BMR has sealed a deal with the Japanese car giant which will see the Levorgs competing in the estate category as a full manufacturer team. Scott himself will also join the grid in a third car and there are rumours that a fourth could also feature.
Despite the Levorg estate being all-wheel-drive on the road, the BTCC version will be rear-wheel-drive and powered by a two-litre turbocharged boxer engine developed by Mountune Race Engines.
Paul Tunnicliffe, managing director for Subaru UK and Ireland, said: “We’re very excited to have teamed up with BMR from the 2016 Championship – the first time a Subaru has competed in BTCC.
“Although the Levorg features the Subaru famed all-wheel drive system, the car can be easily developed to compete with rear-wheel drive in order to comply with the BTCC regulations… so we can’t wait to see how it goes against very established competition.”
Team boss Scott added: “I have made no secret that I wanted to take the team to the next level, and that meant getting a factory deal. Subaru has really engaged with this programme already. It is very fired up about it and this is the start of a great new chapter for us.”
The Levorg has been chosen because it’s Subaru’s newest car and the one the car firm wants to promote the most. Don’t be fooled by the fact it’s an estate car. The Levorg is a tough competitor. Its drag co-efficiency and dynamic boxer engine help with the car’s weight distribution.
Subaru, of course, is no stranger to racing, with Colin McRae, Richard Burns and Petter Solberg bringing success for the manufacturer in 1995, 2001 and 2003 respectively.
BTCC series director Alan Gow said: “Subaru is an iconic brand with a huge following and its introduction to the BTCC is certain to excite our many fans both in the UK and around the world. No doubt Team BMR with its hugely experienced and talented driver line-up will make for a very successful partnership.”