WSR to Race the 1 Series in 2013

WSR to Race the 1 Series in 2013

After running the S2000 3 series in the championship since 2007, BTCC squad will be switching to the BMW 1 Series from next season.

Team boss Dick Bennetts comments: “The old 3 Series has done us well, but the new version is bigger. We looked at all the different models and the 1 Series is a smaller car and is lighter.” He continues “We felt it was more suitable to the current BTCC regulations and it should perform well on the tight twisty circuits that we race on in the UK.”

What do we think? With road cars getting ever bigger switching to the 1 Series is a natural choice. In fact the new 1 Series is similar in size to the legendary E30 M3, which won the BTCC with Frank Sytner and Will Hoy. With some teams finding the weight limit challenging WSR’s choice seems pretty astute – unsurprising given its pedigree.

Fans of the marque may well agree.

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Audi Bring “Performance TDI” to the Road

Audi Bring “Performance TDI” to the Road

After ruling Le Mans these past few years with its diesel racer, performance TDI power will now be in the hands of mere mortals, thanks to the Audi SQ5.

So what makes an Audi an ‘S’? Well, the badge obviously, but in this case a bi-turbo TDI engine, putting out a serious 313PS and 650Nm of torque.

But it’s not all grunt – with the help of innovative thermal management, the engine start-stop system and a regulated oil pump, economy remains firmly in TDI territory, with up to 39.2mpg possible.

The best of both worlds? Check it out. Just want an S badge? Well here it is.

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Rally Sweden’s New Historic Contest

Rally Sweden’s New Historic Contest

Rally Sweden, the WRC’s snow event will be hosting its first historic contest in 2013.

From 7th – 9th February the competition will be raced over 84 kilometres and will feature vehicles in four classes – Pre 1969 cars, cars 1970 – 75, cars 1976 – 1981 and cars 1982 – 1985.

The organisers expect the event to attract such classic badges as the Audi Quattro, BMW M3, Ford Escort MK 1, 2 and 3 and, of course, the Porsche 911.

Rally Sweden is keen to attract veteran crews from overseas as well as home favourites such as Ake Andersson, Per Eklund, Kenneth Eriksson, Kalle Grundel and Stig-Olof Walfridsso.

Event boss Glen Olsson comments “This is a way to give all who follow Rally Sweden a little something extra and right now where working hard to get both interesting drivers and cars to come here.”

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