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.

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11 comments:

  (692) posted on 01.1.2012

I’m not interested with this, but I’m really interested with what the article said that they will be having a strong competition next year. Looking forward to this.

  (594) posted on 12.1.2011

The platform may not be that so amusing, but I must say that I’m so interested with its engine. I wonder if it could really give a nice and an impressive speed performance on this race car?

  (317) posted on 08.8.2011

Yeah! Me, either I’m not interested with this, but I’m really interested with what the article said that they will be having a strong competition next year. Looking forward for this.

  (345) posted on 03.14.2011

Not interested at all! I’m bit sick in looking those pic. The rims look very ridiculous that it made me a thought that it came from a aftermarket.

  (702) posted on 12.20.2010

The Audi badge will make its comeback to the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) next year, as the British team Rob Austin Racing will enter a pair of A4s in the series.

  (780) posted on 12.19.2010

I wish SpeedTV would start showing BTCC again like they used to do back in the Speedvision days. How I miss those days.

  (340) posted on 12.16.2010

well good thing that they are back in action, and once again compete with their raval BMW, i hope they got what it takes to win over the BMW M3 GTS.

  (461) posted on 12.15.2010

It’s funny how pretty much all racing genres have had to lower the bar in a sense to cut costs, but maybe this is the best way to kick start motor sports back into their prime again.

  (89) posted on 12.15.2010

After the list of competing teams, I’m almost sure the Audi will beat them all!

  (101) posted on 12.15.2010

Sometimes I wonder why go for refined version of A4, when the original is so cool! Of course this is different discussion, and the BTCC car is special, so I wish the Audi team to have the greatest season ever!

  (46) posted on 12.15.2010

Unfortunately the results matter most on these races so show us some results of the championships smiley

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