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Following the announcement from TOCA, Series Organiser of the MSA British Touring Car Championship, that hybrid power will be introduced to the series within the evolution of the current technical regulations, BMR Racing are feeling positive about the changes that are to come about at the end of 2021.

Earlier this week BTCC confirmed that during a recent meeting the BTCC Technical Working Group (TWG) agreed an outline of the pathway for the introduction of hybrid energy.
It was confirmed at the TWG that a specified hybrid unit would be fitted to all cars as an addition to their current drive train. This will allow each car to have a reserve of supplementary hybrid power available during each race, which can then be used by drivers as part of their overall race strategy.  BMR see this as a positive move and believe that, as a BTCC team, we have to be heading into the future of motorsport alongside other leading championships embracing technological advances and the use of hybrid systems, this will help us have the chance to secure manufacturer assistance whilst bringing a new exciting element to the BTCC .  As a motorsport team we have to keep relevant to manufacturer wishes and our sport needs manufacturer backing.

Team Owner, Warren Scott explained ‘During a recent discussion with Alan Gow he explained that with the extra power supplied from the electric motor it will give us the capacity to have a push-to-pass system which will give each competitor opportunities within a race to defend or overtake making the racing incredibly exciting and bringing a new skill set to the championship.
The BTCC remains at the pinnacle of touring car championships throughout the world so we need to implement changes like this to keep at the forefront of the touring car world and in my estimations creates a very positive move and an important step for the championship to take.
‘I share the concerns of the financial element as expressed by the some of the other teams, although I do think that this has greater value to the teams than some of the other monies spent so we need to look at maybe reducing some of the costs elsewhere.  However, with the price of hybrid technology coming down year on year by 2021 the system implied should be at respectively good value.’

The detailed engineering aspects of the project will now commence in close conjunction with the TWG, with finite technical decisions to be made over the coming 12-18 months. It’s envisaged that some current cars will be fitted with hybrid units during 2020/2021 as part of the project’s test and development programme.