• Nov 6, 2006


Some concept cars are purely for show, but some are built to go. GM Europe took the latter a step further by putting their striking and exciting Chevrolet WTCC Ultra concept to the test on the track. The concept race car made its debut at the Paris Motor Show and is scheduled to make an appearance at the Beijing show later this month. So in between, the Chevy boys took the opportunity to put the car through the paces at Estoril in Portugal.

And it wasn't a private test, either. The event coincided with the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) race at the Estoril circuit on October 22, so the WTCC Ultra was enjoyed by the spectators at the race as well as the television audience on Eurosport as it made a publicity lap around the track in front of the field of ETCC race cars. GM hasn't released any performance stats from the track session, and we doubt they seriously risked braking what is sure to be a very expensive one-off.

Nicola Larini, a former F1 driver for Ferrari and currently a Chevrolet touring car racer, was one of the lucky drivers who got to pilot the show car around the track, and remarked, "I would have never expected a concept car to be that well executed and performing so nicely at such an early development phase".

Now if only Chevy would build the beast for public consumption.

(Follow the jump for a full gallery of hi-res images of the WTCC Ultra at Estoril)

[Source: GM]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      #1, I concur. That car looks really bad.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like its getting ready to eat a VW. I love it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      (Sigh) Another flashy promo with cheesy music showing an "extreme" styling exercise with little or no real substance, at least that is relevant to any product on offer. The thing looks like a Ford Focus on crack. Who's tail is GM chasing with this trainwreck?
      Come on Guys, give up on the "tuner cars" and just build a RWD Cobalt for the masses and then you wont have to resort to embarrasing styling exercises to promote brand awareness.
      If you want to dominate the high performance turd market, remember that substance will beat creativity because anyone can slap a body kit on a cheap car.
      Any manufacturer wise enough to offer a small, entry level (cheap, below 20K) 4 cylinder RWD car will clean house because it would be the only one available.
      • 8 Years Ago
      THIS CAR IS BEAUTIFUL! I WANT ONE!


      It looks like some fine designers at GM have finally been able to take the mod, stealth-influence and use it effectively on a land vehicle (and glad to see the dumbass suits let loose their PC-strangle hold on the designers).

      Now lets see if GM can get their acts together quick enough (and keep it together) to produce the Ultra before the style and zeitgeist is either dead or neutered to oblivion.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I guess I'm the only one who absolutely loves this thing. Sign me up.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The WTCC sure beats the Cobalt SS. A lot of computer teens are bashing the design, but it's creative compared to the a lot of the tuner compacts on the road. I think it looks a lot better than the WRX STI or the Evo IX. If the car can perform and has a nice cabin on top of that, it'll be a winner.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The car is fugly. When does WTCC starts racing mini vans??
      • 8 Years Ago
      It is not an SRT4 type of ugly. And that makes it beautiful. I applaud GM for at least looking in new places for styling concepts. Everyone else seems to think that cut and paste is the way to syling nirvana. It is not.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i heard its powered by love.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I would avoid braking too, faster is more fun, plus who knows how the brakes will operate under such stress...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love the body lines, but those ugly headlights and tailights gotta go!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Highly aggressive appearance.A little blue beast.Wonder how well it performed in this video? what is known about performance expectations if is built?
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