After a 12 year hiatus from participating in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), Audi will be headed back to the racing series to try and regain the championship previously won in 1996. In 2011, the Audi name will once again be heard in the competition thanks to private race team, Rob Austin Racing, who will bring two Audi A4 models to compete with in the series.
The Audi A4 models participating in the series will need to be refined in order to meet up with the new Next Generation Touring Car technical regulations. These regulations include the vehicle being capable of front- and rear-wheel drive as well have a ’300bhp+’ turbo-charged engine, but the most important aspect of the new regulations is the lowering of running costs for the teams while still maintaining the performance from the previous years. Currently, GPR Motorsport is working on the future racers, but Rob Austin Racing has provided the rendering above as a preview to the vehicles.
The A4 BTCC will have strong competition next year as the Honda Racing Team (Honda Civic ), Team Aon and Airwaves Racing (Ford Focus ), Eurotech (Vauxhall Vectra, Special Tuning UK (SEAT Leon ) and AmD Milltek Racing.com (VW Golf ) have already announced they would be amping up their vehicles with the new regulations for the 2011 season.