Triple Eight Race Engineering have become the latest current British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) team to announce they will build and race cars to the full NGTC regulations for 2012.
They join championship leaders Honda Racing who announced they would be adopting the new specification earlier this month.
“Its fairly obvious now that the NGTC regulations are the future of the British Touring Car Championship,” said Triple Eight chairman Ian Harrison. “It's quite clear too that the future has already arrived, perhaps a bit sooner than we expected. While our complete plans have yet to be finalised, we're announcing the switch from S2000 to NGTC now as a clear sign of our support of the BTCC going forward and where we have competed successfully since 1997. The NGTC cars look the part and will undoubtedly become more reliable and cost effective over time giving the BTCC a solid technical platform from which to grow the on track aspect of the series.”
Harrison's team currently runs privateer Vauxhall Vectras, after the manufacturer pulled out following the 2009 season.
This season the team has been among the many to use the NGTC-spec turbocharged engine in an S2000 chassis, driver James Nash scoring his first win at Rockingham in the last race at Rockingham – the team's first victory since the opening round of the 2010 campaign.