Evans Halshaw Vauxhall Wolverhampton technicians were blown away by the Vauxhall British Touring Car Championships (BTTC), who recently visited their factory.
The Bodyshop and workshop technicians from the dealership met race engineers at the Warwickshire site, expressing their further fascination into studying the day-to-day running of the team.
It is a very exciting year for Vauxhall in the British Touring Car Championships. For the first time since the early 2000s, they are being represented as a manufacturer in touring cars. The specific car being used in the Power Maxed Racing is the stunning Astra VXR. The VXR has more power and torque than any car in the Vauxhall range, able to achieve a top speed of mph and features 19-inch alloys alongside a stunning race-bred interior. As a high-performance coupe with a custom-built chassis, which was developed at the famous Nurburgring, the VXR is the perfect car to enter Vauxhall back into racing.
As part of a behind the scenes tour, the team was given an opportunity to see the work that goes into all stages of building cars for the championships, and discover the contrast between road and race cars. The biggest difference in the two is the terrain both types of car can endure, as race cars are designed for short, hard, drives whereas road cars need to run further with minimal maintenance.
The team saw the 2017 Vauxhall BTTC Astras, both in complete form and as a shell, as well as Tom Chilton’s podium winning Astra and the #18 car, usually piloted by 18-year-old driver Senna Proctor.
The group was super impressed by the flawlessly designed system when the engine was taken out of the #18. Incredibly, thanks to clever engineering, the engine can be removed, components replaced, and put back into the car in under 90 minutes.
A tour of the Sub Assembly area demonstrated some of the machinery used in the development of the touring cars, including a shock dynometer, one of just a handful in the UK, and a HEL braided brake hose machine. All the machinery gives the team an edge, with every detail thought out to help shave thousandths of a second off racing times.
The day was organised by Evans Halshaw Vauxhall Wolverhampton Dealer Principal, Ben Vale, and was educational for both teams. The technicians talked for hours and the admiration for one another was inspiring.
- Ben Vale Dealer Principle at Evans Halshaw Vauxhall Wolverhampton
“It was fascinating to see how our worlds are so similar, yet so far apart. It was clear that everyone at Power Maxed absolutely loved what they did and were proud to show us exactly how they did it.”
“The standard of work, attention to detail and obsession on accuracy was incredible and I have to take my hat off to Simon and his team for what they do. They are consummate professionals and now have another set of fans to follow their progress.”
We look forward to seeing Vauxhall in the BTTC championships and thank the team for being such great sports.
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