Big news for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship today, as TOCA, the series organiser has announced that hybrid power will be introduced to the series as part of the next evolution of technical regulations at the end of 2021.
The current NGTC regulations have been in place since 2011 and is already in the second half of its ten year term. The BTCC Technical Working Group (TWG) agreed on a plan to introduce the new hybrid power, with a meeting last week.
The plans for the hybrid technology and how it will be used will now be made and more detail will be announced in due course. It is believed that some current cars will be fitted with hybrid units during the 2020/2021 seasons as part of the testing and development process.
The specific hybrid unit in question will be fitted to all cars as an addition to their current drivetrain and will allow each car to have a reserve of supplementary power available during each race, which can then be used by the drivers as part of their race strategies.
Speaking to BTCC.net, Alan Gow, BTCC Series Director, said:
“We’re going through a very important and exciting time for this great championship, so I’m delighted to now confirm that the BTCC will be introducing hybrid energy as part of our evolution.”
This is going to be another interesting avenue for the championship and it will be interesting to see what benefits it will have on the championship, both on and off the track. Could we even see more manufacturers coming in as part of their future plans?