“Win on Sunday, sell on Monday” – it’s an idea that has been the key driving force behind motor sport ever since it began. What better way to get people talking about, and hopefully buying you car, than to show what it can do pushed to it’s limit on a race track. However, whilst they might show the future of car technology, modern Formula 1 cars have little in common with the shiny machines parked in car dealers around the world. If you want to see cars that are a little more familiar going toe to toe, then a good place to start would be the world of Touring Cars.
Based heavily on the road going versions, and running modest 2 litre engines, touring cars are non-the less high speed racers capable of top speeds of 150 mph and powerful acceleration. They are also less fragile than the delicate open wheeled single seater cars, and although touring car racing is supposed to be a non contact sport, the racing can often get quite physical with cars being pushed out of the way and tapped in to spins in the pursuit of victory. Many countries have their own national touring car championships, the most popular being the British Touring Car Championship and the Australian V8 Supercars. There is even a World Touring Car Championship, attracting some of the best ‘tin top’ drivers in the world. The racing is always close and exciting, taking place over 15-20 flat out laps. No pit stops, no driver changes, no complicated strategies. Just try and get to the front as fast as you can and stay there whilst 30 other drivers all have the same idea.
The Chevrolet Cruze is one of the most successful modern touring cars, and examples of it can be seen competing in the British and World Touring Car Championships, where British drivers Jason Plato and Rob Huff have both driven them to championship victory in the respective series. With Tom Chilton and Yvan Muller currently running near the front of the WTCC Championship in their 2013 Cruzes, this looks set to continue.
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