The British Touring Car Championship will test hybrid power for the first time this summer, with its project running ahead of schedule.
The BTCC will be introducing hybrid power from the start of the 2022 season, with every car taking part in the series required to run with hybrid engines and Cosworth were awarded the contract to supply the systems by series organisers, TOCA.
Series organisers have confirmed that the design and build of the hybrid systems is ahead of schedule and a current car will be selected to take part in the integration of the hybrid system, and undertake a comprehensive testing programme.
The hybrid car will take to the track in June, ahead of a public debut at the two day tyre test at Snetterton in July.
Once its debut is complete, further testing will then take place to refine the nature of the hybrid delivery and to configure the varying amounts of regeneration and hybrid power that will be used to replace the current success ballast system.
The hybrid system will only be usable after the opening lap and drivers will be able to activate the additional power via a button on the steering wheel, allowing them to deploy additional strategies when it comes to defending a position or making an overtake.
Speaking about the progress of the project, BTCC Chief Executive Alan Gow said: “I’m incredibly pleased with the fantastic progress we are making on this project.
“One always assumes there will be some hiccups along the way, but so far…nothing.
“And that’s great testament to the high quality of the technical partners involved – not just Cosworth of course but also Xtrac, PWR, Delta Motorsport, AP Racing and Goodyear.”
The BTCC has confirmed that TOCA will be making further announcements about the project in the coming weeks.