In the short time that it’s been around, the new Mercedes A-Class has turned into one of Mercedes ’ more popular models, so much so that a number of racing teams have begun the process of developing race cars based on the compact hatchback .
One of these teams is Ciceley Racing and for the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, it’s going to field a heavily tuned A-Class that was designed and developed to be a true race car.
The exterior of the A-Class received a load of modifications, both in aesthetic and aerodynamic form. The predominantly blue color of the body is treated to a wide range of decals from sponsors and partners alike. Likewise, a slew of new components were added to the car to make it more performance ready when the BTCC season kicks off.
A new carbon-fiber front lip spoiler is clearly visible, as is a ventilated hood that allows for faster cooling of the engine and extended side skirts to keep the race car as close to the ground as it can be, even at high speeds. The rear wing at the back also helps in improving downforce, while the presence of a new rear diffuser and a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system should give the A-Class smoother performance credentials.
Ciceley Racing’s Mercedes A-Class BTCC Race Car is scheduled to begin competition in March of next year in time for the opening of the 2014 BTCC season. Always good to know that racing teams are preparing this early for next year’s models; that’s a sign of a competitive team willing to put the time and effort to field a competitive car.
As expected, Ciceley Racing didn’t release any of the A-Class racer’s performance specs.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz A-Class that this racer is based on.
The all-new Mercedes A-Class saw a huge bump in looks compared to its previous models. That’s a massive step up, thanks in large part to the automaker’s new design language, something the A-Class was given courtesy of a sportier and more emotive exterior and an exceptionally high-quality feel to the interior.
The engine lineup includes both gasoline and diesel versions, with power ranging from 109 horsepower to 211 horsepower. All engines are combined with ECO start/stop function as standard and are mated to the new six-speed manual transmission or, as an option, the 7G-DCT, dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Gallery Mercedes A-Class
Ciceley Racing will campaign a Mercedes-Benz A-Class in the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, paving way for the German manufacturer’s debut in Britain’s premier saloon car championship at Brands Hatch next March.
The decision will see Ciceley Racing align their on-track activity with main title sponsor Ciceley Commercials Mercedes-Benz Truck & Van dealership, with the A-Class judged as an ideal fit for the current NGTC regulations.
The front-running team will retain former Ginetta GT Supercup Champion Adam Morgan, who currently sits in seventh position in the 2013 BTCC championship standings, after an impressive second season in the series to date.
Ciceley Racing is no stranger to competing with Mercedes-Benz machinery in motorsport. Having clinched class wins on the Manx Rally twice in 1986 and 1987 with the Ciceley Commercials Mercedes-Benz 190 in the hands of Russell Morgan, the Lancashire-based outfit have firmly set their sights on achieving victories for a Mercedes-Benz in the BTCC in 2014.
’It’s great to finally announce our plans for 2014, the switch made sense for us in many different ways," said Ciceley Racing Team Principal Russell Morgan. "With Paul Ridgway at the helm of the project holding high aspirations and Adam continuing to mature as a driver, we think that the A-Class can be a competitive package in the series next year."
"I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Toyota for all of their help over the last two seasons, hopefully we can end what has been a brilliant debut season for the team on a high."
BTCC Series Director Alan Gow added, "This programme by Ciceley Racing is a perfect demonstration of the strength and adaptability of our ’NGTC’ technical regulations - the team are able to change from racing a Toyota and onto developing and racing a Mercedes-Benz, whilst utilising the vast majority of the NGTC components they already possess."
"It will be great to see a Mercedes-Benz on the grid, to add to the already huge roll-call of other great brands competing in the BTCC."
The BTCC will roll into Northamptonshire’s Silverstone Circuit for Rounds 25,26 & 27 this weekend; any interested parties for the Toyota Avensis should contact Russell Morgan at the earliest convenience.