The championship, aimed at young British drivers who want to build a career in touring cars rather than aim for the few seats available in Formula One, is expected to attract a capacity 30-car field in its first season. Replacing Formula Vauxhall, the company's waning single-seater series, the contest is likely to regularly race in front of crowds topping 30,000. In addition, both terrestrial and satellite television will cover the event. A celebrity car will also be entered in each of the races.
"The cars will be fast, they will sound great and the series will act as a valuable stepping stone into the BTCC," Vauxhall's Mike Nicholson said. The new race-prepared machines, which will be developed by current touring car driver James Thompson, will use new 2.5-litre V6 engines producing more than 200 horsepower.Reuse content