The Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship has announced that all cars will receive double the power via its hybrid-turbo boost system from next season onwards.
Becoming the first touring car series in the world to introduce hybrid power back in 2022, the BTCC has meticulously evolved its deployment and have now decided to continue its development with a further focus on overall performance.
Known as the Hybrid Energy Management System (HEM), drivers have had the ability to deploy the hybrid-turbo for a dedicated amount of time per lap in qualifying and for a number of laps in races – all of which is dependent on their championship position and race finishing position on race day.
From 2024, drivers will have double the amount of power output, with increased power levels coming via a combination of both hybrid and turbo boost. The final figure being double of that available during the 2023 season.
As has been the case since its inception, drivers will control where and how much they choose to deploy the hybrid-turbo – via a button on the steering well – provided they have reached the minimum required parameters.
“With the hybrid system now proven to be extremely reliable, the time is right to further develop its overall performance,” said Alan Gow, BTCC Chief Executive.
“As we said last week with the introduction of ‘Quick Six’ qualifying, we are always looking to bring further energy to the championship and this latest development quite literally does just that.”
The 2024 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season is set to begin at Donington Park on April 27/28.