With a brand new Dunlop tyre (which is taller and wider than its 2016 counterpart) coming to the BTCC for the 2017 season, we’ve been busy looking at new wing and bumper profile bodywork changes to the current ST to house this year’s version of the Dunlop race tyre.
Any edge that you gain over the competition can have a massive impact on track, so we’ve also been focusing on where we can make improvements under the bonnet. Even small improvements here and there can add up to make a massive difference on brace day!
To help us with that the guys over at Pro Alloy have been working with our engineers to develop a new cooling package, and we’ve been carrying out rolling road temperature testing on some new radiators and oil coolers, alongside yet more dyno work with mountune, to ensure that we’re maximising the performance of the 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine.
Also, the build of the third chassis is now well underway too, with the new RML suspension kit currently being fitted to Luke Davenport’s car. The workshop has been a hive of activity with simulation work ahead of our imminent pre-season testing programme, which kicks off at Brands Hatch very soon before we head to sunnier climes in Portugal at the end of February, where we will be testing at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao.
It’s a strange time of year in some sense for us, as although from the outside it all looks quiet and less hectic than the summer race season (people refer to these weeks as the ‘off-season’) we’re actually at one of the most crucial points of our entire season! The money spent and work put in now can, in many ways, really dictate the success (or lack of!) of the race season ahead.
And with the official BTCC media day only a few weeks away on March 16th, there’s not that long left to wait before we find out if all of the improvements and hard work pays off on track!