• Sep 14th 2010 at 4:59PM
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Toyota Avensis Next Generation Touring Car – Click above for high-res sketches

You've seen NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow – now meet its British counterpart. Based on the Toyota Avensis, this Next Generation Touring Car is the first of a new breed of cars set to take over the British Touring Car Championship starting next season.

Although Toyota isn't competing in the series with a works team, it has supplied the donor car and body shell to GPR Motorsport to use as the basis for its new touring car, built to revised BTCC regulations. The Avensis is, after all, a British-built car – one that enjoys broad sales success in the UK and across Europe.

The Avensis NGTC will make its debut at the last round of this season's championship on October 9 at Brands Hatch, where two-time BTCC champion James Thompson will take the wheel. In the meantime, click below to view the first sketches of how the new contender will look, or follow the jump for the full press release.

[Source: GPR Motorsport]
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GPR Motorsport-engineered Next Generation Touring Car

First images of the Toyota Avensis Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) have been released, revealing the racing concept that will make its track debut in the final round of this year's Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

The artist's drawings reveal more design details of the Avensis that is being designed and engineered by GPR Motorsport in Buckingham as a test and development model for new BTCC regulations.

Toyota has supplied GPR Motorsport with a donor car and bodyshell to build to the new specifications, which teams will be able to adopt from the 2011 season. James Thompson, a BTCC double champion, will pilot the Avensis NGTC when it makes its first public race appearance at Brands Hatch on 9 – 10 October.

Toyota has no plans to re-enter the championship with a works team, but has been pleased to lend its support to TOCA, appropriately with a British-built car - Avensis is manufactured at Burnaston in Derbyshire, close to the Donington Park race circuit.

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      If you hid the badge, I'd assume it was a every-where-but-europe 4-dorr Honda Civic. Looks like I'm not the only one.
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      lol...i just don't know what to say
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      It'll pack a 210bhp V6 and FWD mated to a five speed automatic.
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      Wonder what engine it will be using.
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      I predict it will be a runaway success.

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        it kinda looks like a Chrysler midsize car .I am not impressed ! A true turd if i ever seen one
      • 4 Years Ago
      I see Toyota has joined the bandwagon in utilizing a rendition of the Hofmeister kink at the greenhouse/C-pillar.
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      Cutting holes in the hood and throwing a wing on a compact Avalon does not make it any less beige. It just looks ridiculous to me, actually.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're completely mistaken. Ask any Honda owner, and they'll tell you that big wings and extra vents make any car go faster.
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      See this sort of car seems more like a "stock car" than the purpose-built cars that NASCAR uses. The overall design is nice but that front grille combined with all the other gills and ducting make the entire front end seem a little busy
      • 4 Years Ago
      you know I've felt that the Avensis had potential as a bed for a cool car for some time. Nice to see some others think that as well.... just a shame its only FF as an AWD model could be a cool insignia VXR fighter. Maybe this BTCC model can get Toyota moving in that direction
      • 4 Years Ago
      This looks awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Still looks better than a US spec camry...
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks like a US 4 door Civic
        • 4 Years Ago
        my thoughts exactly! Civic with a body kit & Toyota front end.
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