• Home
  • Advice
  • Brands
  • Partners
  • News
  • Reviews
  • Forum
  • New car ratings

Vauxhall returns to British Touring Cars

Power Maxed to run two-car team of Astras.

Stay up to date with the latest from The Car Expert

Latest articles

Chevrolet Corvette changes to middle lane

The all-new Chevrolet Corvette has been revealed after years of rumours and teasers – and the new model is very different to what has gone before.

Skoda updates Kodiaq and Karoq with new tech

Skoda has revealed updates to its Karoq and Kodiaq SUVs for the 2020 model year.

Fiat Tipo

The Fiat Tipo is a medium-sized five-door hatchback and estate family car. The current generation model arrived in the UK in the...

Jaguar XE

The updated Jaguar XE has received positive reviews from the UK motoring media, with an overall Expert Rating that is competitive with its main rivals.
 

Vauxhall will compete in the 2017 British Touring Car Championship as a manufacturer entry for the first time since 2009.

The surprise return of the Griffin badge to the BTCC is the result of a commercial partnership agreed between the manufacturer and Automotive Brands, owner of the Power Maxed team that has campaigned two Chevrolet Cruze cars in the last two seasons of the BTCC.

As part of the agreement that involves Vauxhall supplying fleet vehicles to Automotive Brands, two current-model Astras will be run by Power Maxed in the BTCC over a three-year programme.

The shells have already been supplied to the team’s Warwickshire base to commence the build of the race cars. The team has registered as a manufacturer entry, and will compete for the constructors’ title against BMW, Honda, MG and Subaru.

   

Vauxhall is one of the most successful manufacturers in the BTCC, having taken 132 race wins on its way to 10 makes championships. However following the disbanding of its full works entry at the end of the 2009 season, the manufacturer had concentrated its sports marketing on home nations football.

Drivers for the two-car team are yet to be announced – according to Power Maxed Racing team principal Adam Weaver the team hopes to announce “a a talented and exciting driver line-up in the near future, which will further motivate and inspire everyone involved in this exciting project.”

Weaver believes the new Astra will make for a “show-stopping” BTCC race car; “We are incredibly pleased and proud to be working with Vauxhall and to be the team that brings this iconic and highly successful brand back to the BTCC,” he said.

The return of the Vauxhall badge has also been welcomed by BTCC series director Alan Gow; “Its history and pedigree is there for all to see and I have no doubt that the highly professional and experienced team at Power Maxed Racing will be great partners,” he said.

For the best independent and impartial car buying advice on the internet, always check with The Car Expert:

  • Subscribe to our newsletter for weekly tips and the latest offers from car manufacturers
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see our latest articles as soon as we publish them
  • Bookmark our site so you can check back regularly
Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

The Car Expert Gold Partners

(click each logo to read more)

Vauxhall returns to British Touring Cars 1
Vauxhall returns to British Touring Cars 2
Vauxhall returns to British Touring Cars 3
Vauxhall returns to British Touring Cars 4

Latest articles

Chevrolet Corvette changes to middle lane

The all-new Chevrolet Corvette has been revealed after years of rumours and teasers – and the new model is very different to what has gone before.

Skoda updates Kodiaq and Karoq with new tech

Skoda has revealed updates to its Karoq and Kodiaq SUVs for the 2020 model year.

Fiat Tipo

The Fiat Tipo is a medium-sized five-door hatchback and estate family car. The current generation model arrived in the UK in the...

Jaguar XE

The updated Jaguar XE has received positive reviews from the UK motoring media, with an overall Expert Rating that is competitive with its main rivals.

The petrol Mazda 3 with ‘diesel-like’ fuel economy

Mazda 3 models with the brand's new Skyactiv-X petrol engine will arrive in showrooms in October, at prices starting from £23,555.

What are your thoughts? Let us know below.

Be the first to know

Would you like to stay up to date with The Car Expert?