TC3 ....the new NGTC?

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TC3 ....the new NGTC?

Post  Matt Lewis on Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:53 am

Interest in TC3 regulations really seems to be growing giving a newer lower cost formula for teams to go racing. Could it be the end or eventually replace NGTC? Relative costs are much lower, I wonder what the relative performance would be.

I like NGTC but would be great to have a common formula across Europe again like the Super Touring days.

TC3 specs
Estimated cost £70,000
Eligible cars : WSC list for 4/5-door saloon s
Body shell : Reinforced production body shell;wheel arch modifications allowed to accommodate tyres
Minimum overall length : 4.20 metres
Maximum overall width : 1.95 metres
Engine : Turbo-charged petrol or diesel up to 2.0-litre
Torque : circa 410Nm
Power : circa 320Bhp
Traction : 2WD, front or rear
Gearbox : Production or TC3 International Series sequential; production paddle shift accepted
Front Suspension : Production lay-out; parts free design
Rear Suspension : Original design of production car with reinforced components

NGTC Specs
Estimated cost £70,000
Eligible cars : 2,3,4 or 5 door of a minimum 4.4m length. (2 or 3 door cars must share the same basic body profile as the 4/5 door model).
Body shell : Reinforced production body shell;Stylised front & rear wheel-arch extensions.
Minimum overall length : 4.4 metres
Equalized width : 1.87 metres
Engine : 300+bhp 2-litre turbo-charged direct-injection engine with 'fly by wire' throttle control.
Torque : circa 410Nm
Traction : 2WD, front or rear
Gearbox : Xtrac 6 speed sequential-shift gearbox.
Front Suspension : Full front sub-frame incorporating suspension, brakes, transmission and engine location that attaches to specified roll cage locations. Multi-adjustable double wishbone suspension with coil-over dampers.
Rear Suspension : Rear sub-frame that attaches to specified roll cage locations. Multi-adjustable double wishbone suspension with coil-over dampers.

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Post  Chris English on Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:24 am

I'm not sure, I like the look of the NGTC cars, as long as TC3 doesn't have the ridiculous wheelarch extensions seen in WTCC then I guess it could be good. I just can't get away with how silly the current TC1 WTCC cars look.

I'm also worried that you'll see one team/car running away in TC3 like in the TC1 regs with Citroen. With NGTC there's equalisation built into the regs which as proven over the last 2 years works. The BTCC hasn't been this popular since Super Touring.

I think NGTC will remain on top at least in this country, the FIA are out of touch with touring car racing I think, so I can't see these TC3 regs taking off. I think NGTC aims for longer term savings as when teams build new cars they can carry parts over from their old one.

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Post  Matt Lewis on Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:30 am

I'd prefer to see NGTC also but the costs are higher than planned. Will watch TC3 with interest.

I also agree on TC1--- not watched it at all this year and would not be surprised to see it die off within 3 years. £500,000 build cost for a touring car is far too high and that's before the expense of an international schedule.

Lets not forget that Alan Gow is president of the FIA touring car commission still so its surprising NGTC has not spread its wings further

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