Subaru set for BTCC debut: Levorg estate to campaign with Plato and Turkington at the wheel

'It’s almost perfect for the modern generation of touring cars'

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Jason Plato and Colin Turkington are set to compete in this year’s British Touring Car Championship – aboard a brace of Subaru Levorgs.

Entered by Team BMR, the works-backed estates will be the first ever Subarus in the BTCC. The company’s motorsport heritage is exceptional – but this is rooted in rallying, with the Impreza taking a string of drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles between 1995 and 2003.

To comply with BTCC regs, the Levorg will lose its standard four-wheel drive and run with a Mountune boxer engine turning the rear wheels only. BMR believes that the boxer unit – a Subaru calling card – will be perfectly suited to circuit racing, as its design is bottom-heavy compared to traditional engines.

"It’s almost perfect for the modern generation of touring cars," said Jason Plato of the Levorg. "Subaru is an iconic name with a successful motorsport heritage, and we want to write the next chapter with the firm."

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