EXCELR8 Motorsport has confirmed a new Research and Development project to assess a possible new Hyundai engine for the 2022 BTCC season.
Under the support of Hansford Sensors, an R&D project will be conducted alongside Swindon Powertrain who have been providing the team’s (TOCA) engines since they debuted in 2019.
Their first year in the championship was based around the MG6 GT, until 2020 when they brought in the new Hyundai i30 Fastback N.
Justina Williams, EXCELR8 Motorsport team owner, said: “When we first joined the BTCC grid, we made it clear that we had a long-term plan to establish ourselves in the series and had no intention of simply making up the numbers.
“Despite the many challenges that we have all faced over the last 18 months in particular, we have made huge progress in taking on the build of our own car, and then in developing it into the race-winning package that we have this season.”
The 2022 season will sight the arrival of a hybrid powertrain across all cars with six of the current 10 makes/models on the grid using the Swindon TOCA engine.
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“This R&D project is an opportunity to explore the way in which we can continue to grow as a team, and can also maximise our chances of success on track in the new hybrid era.”
“There is a lot of hard work ahead in the coming months as we fully evaluate the options that are available to us, and ultimately we will only push ahead with a full engine programme if we know that it is the right decision for everyone involved.”
Building a bespoke engine allows for them to tailor to the i30 N but investigations will be held towards the performance and the reliability on running a 30-race season.
Outgoing developments so far by Cosworth on the electric-hybrid element has revealed on-target progress, and Hyundai will be looking on how to integrate their engine with the hybrid.
A final decision will be taken by EXCELR8 later this year on whether they are to use a Hyundai engine, or instead opting for the latest TOCA powertrain.