Andrew Jordan to debut BTCC Hybrid at Silverstone

BTCC Hybrid test driver and 2013 champion Andrew Jordan will debut a Toyota Corolla at the Silverstone rounds on 25/26 September.

The weekend at Silverstone National will mark the debut for the new 2022 customer TOCA engine developed by M-Sport and has run throughout the 2021 testing so far.

Andrew Jordan, 2013 British Touring Car Champion, will drive the Hybrid car throughout both Free Practice sessions, plus qualifying and the three races.

It will be starting each of Rounds 22-24 from the pitlane to not cause interference with the championship title protagonists.

Alan Gow, BTCC Chief Executive, said: “Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the plan is to run at Silverstone in both free practices, qualifying and the three races.

“It will be invisible as far as championship points go, and wherever it qualifies it won’t be starting from there.

“Competing at our Silverstone event is part of its full development cycle; although the hybrid components and engine have done far in excess of a season’s worth of running, we want it to also go through a normal race weekend procedure.

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“So whilst it won’t get involved in any real dicing with other cars, it’s important that our fans and partners have the opportunity of seeing the hybrid car in action ahead of 2022.”

Jordan has driven the 2022 Hybrid car for the majority of its performance testing, including last month’s Goodyear Tyre Test where it collated more laps than anyone else.

As of currently, Swindon Powertrain provide the standard TOCA engine to most of the teams, but M-Sport will take over that role whilst Cosworth Electronics are responsible for the electric element of the Hybrid.

Plans are made so that the cars will run the pitlane in electric mode only, and that a push-to-pass system of +40 bhp/15 seconds per lap (under full traction) will enhance racing.

The programme will eventually lead to the 2022 season when Hybrid cars will be mandated full-time since the plans were originally announced in 2018.