M-Sport has been awarded a five-year contract to supply the next British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) engine from 2022. BTCC organizer TOCA awarded the UK company the contract based on a 10-page presentation and follow-up questions to managing director Malcolm Wilson and head of engine development Nigel Arnfield.
Since 2011, TOCA has provided an engine for teams that do not wish to carry out their own development program. In 2020, 55% of the grid is using the TOCA engines. M-Sport, which is based in northwest England, will oversee the design, development and supply of the TOCA engine. It will work with Cosworth, which is producing the BTCC Hybrid System also scheduled to be introduced in 2022.
Engines will be available for purchase or fully maintained lease, with M-Sport providing engineer and technical support at race meetings and test days.
Alan Gow, chief executive of BTCC, said, “The opportunity to supply the TOCA engine from 2022 understandably attracted great interest from an extremely high calibre of bidders, so it is testament to M-Sport’s professionalism and expertise that it was able to come out on top of such a competitive and comprehensive process.”
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