Unless you are very lucky, the car sat outside your house is not likely to be a 500bhp, fire spitting, wheels spinning monster. Very few people get the chance to sit behind the wheel of a Ferrari, Porsche or McLaren. And great though it is to watch those incredible machines stomping across race tracks around the world, it can be difficult to put yourself in the drivers shoes.
Which might explain why Touring Car racing is so popular. Family saloons and hatch backs, visually identical to the cars seen in supermarket car parks everywhere, battle it out wheel to wheel on Sunday afternoons around the world. There are many different varieties of touring car racing, from the V8 Supercars of Australia to the super lightweight space framed Brazilian Stock Car Championship, but arguably one of the most famous is the British Touring Car Championship.
Here grids of 25+ cars from manufacturers such as Audi, Ford, BMW, Vauxhall, Toyota and VW compete in short sprint races where the action is fast and aggressive with cars frequently losing bumpers, wing mirrors and even doors whilst trying to gain the edge over their evenly matched competition. The drivers are well known and their characters are played up meaning there are some great rivalries on track. One of the most successful cars in recent years of the BTCC has been the Honda Civic, winning the championship in 2011,2012 and 2013 at the hands of Matt Neal, Gordon Shedden and most recently Andrew Jordan. The car has a 300bhp tuned 2 litre engine a complete car costs about £200,000 to build, which makes it one of the most accessible forms of top tier motorsport.
You can download Andrew Jordan’s 2013 championship winning Pirtek Racing Civic and Matt Neal’s 2012 title holding Yuasa sponsored car. And if you are feeling creative, you can download the blank template and come up with a design you’d like to see winning the 2014 championship.