The TOCA engine that will be used in the 2022 British Touring Car Championship has undergone developments, completing the development stage.
The governing body for the BTCC, TOCA, awarded a five-year contract for the supply of a new engine to M-Sport last year.
M-Sport is tasked with the production, build and supply of the powerplant from 2022 to 2026, the beginning of the hybrid era.
Nigel Arnfield, Head of Engine Development at M-Sport, said in a release:
“Things are progressing very well on the design and testing of the new TOCA Engine. The engine development phase is now complete with over 50 successful power tests and 40 simulated laps of Oulton Park having been undertaken.”
Over 50% of the 2020 grid used the TOCA specification powertrains so durability and reduced overall costs is a priority if the engine is to appeal at teams.
A fully-maintained lease basis will be on hand for those who do not want to carry out their own engine programme.
🎥 2022 'TOCA Engine’ set for on-track debut
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Arnfield continued: “We have also finished the ECU calibration on the all–new Cosworth Antares platform and in the next couple of weeks will begin initial in-car calibration work in the Hybrid test car.
“Despite all of the additional challenges that all businesses are facing at the moment, I am happy to say that the development is on time and going to plan.”
The engine development phase has been completed on the dyno and now a durability programme (on the dyno) will simulate all ten race events using track data from the 2019 BTCC season.
M-Sport will continue development throughout the year at their facility also using their on-site track, in partnership with Cosworth.
The latter outfit is tasked with the design, supply and servicing aspects of the new Hybrid System.
They will run testing and heat-soak, before a full thorough test programme precedes the hybrid integration.