The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship has today released new images of its 'Next Generation Touring Car' prototype. The images are advanced artist's impressions, based on the development car currently being built.

The prototype car is based on the Toyota Avensis and is being built by Buckingham based firm GPR Motorsport. The car is expected to begin testing soon, ahead of its first public appearance at the 2010 BTCC Finale at Brands Hatch on 9th/10th October, where it is expected to take past in series' official free practice sessions. The car will be tested by the double BTCC champion James Thompson, with series organiser TOCA using him as their official test and development driver.

BTCC Series Director Alan Gow commented: “These artist's impressions, rendered from the actual vehicle currently being built, show what a great looking car the new regulations will produce. I've no doubt that a lot of people will be very impressed when they see the actual car at Brands Hatch.”

While the likes of Andrew Jordan and Dave Pinkney have been running cars with 'NGTC' engines this season, cars developed to the full 'NGTC' regulations will be able to begin competing from 2011 onwards. Although TOCA's prototype is based on the Avensis, after Toyota UK kindly donated a base vehicle, teams will be free to choose the car they wish to build and develop to the regulations.

For more information on the new 'NGTC' regulations, visit here.