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Old 20-11-2012, 12:36 PM   #1
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The most significant change, arguably, is that boost adjustments will now be applied to individual drivers or teams, rather than to each model of car.

Additionally, the amount of increase or decrease in the turbo boost-pressure adjustment is set to be reduced to an as-yet undecided level, while the frequency of the adjustments could also change.

Boost equalisation rules tweaked for 2013 BTCC season - BTCC news - AUTOSPORT.com

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Now, from 2013, any driver who receives three penalties for on-track driving discipline offences, including verbal warnings, will be relegated six grid spots on the third penalty.

The penalty will apply in the first available race after officials have issued a driver with the third sanction.

BTCC introduces additional penalties for bad driving in 2013 - BTCC news - AUTOSPORT.com

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The British Touring Car Championship will introduce a soft tyre, to be used once per race weekend in 2013.

At all circuits except Thruxton, which puts a greater strain on the rubber, one set of a soft-compound Dunlop tyre will be available to each NGTC entry.

The faster tyre will not be available in qualifying, but teams will be able to choose which of the three races in which it is used at each meeting.

Other teams and drivers won't know in which race their competitors have chosen to use the soft tyres until the cars go to the grid. Tyres will have a special marking to make them easily identifiable.

BTCC to introduce new 'option' tyres for 2013 season - BTCC news - AUTOSPORT.com


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Shedden, who took his first BTCC title with Honda this season, believes it would be better if the boost levels were just left at their pre-season baseline.

Gordon Shedden not convinced about British Touring Car rule tweaks - BTCC news - AUTOSPORT.com
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Old 20-11-2012, 01:09 PM   #2
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As i posted on the official BTCC forums that Alan Gow frequents.......think they're better leaving as is but allow some more adjustment/tinkering on proper supplied TOCA parts rather than pi55 about with extras
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I wish they'd stop tinkering with the boost, otherwise where's the incentive to develop the car?

It's motorsport, not the X-Factor (not that I watch it).
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Originally Posted by Magic View Post
I wish they'd stop tinkering with the boost, otherwise where's the incentive to develop the car?

It's motorsport, not the X-Factor (not that I watch it).

Because they're not really allowed to. The main aim of NGTC regs was reduce costs to bring smaller teams etc. If you consider that 2 cars cost less than half a Alfa 155 did then you can see its working. But BECAUSE of that they do boost tweaks and weights........
If have a few quid to spare you can pick up NGTC specced cars for relative peanuts - some for as little as 30k or so .......

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I meant development as in testing to optimise the package. I realise that there's a whole pile of standard components to keep costs contained. I think it was Thorney that said the cars were still coming out far more expensive than intended however.
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Originally Posted by Magic View Post
I meant development as in testing to optimise the package. I realise that there's a whole pile of standard components to keep costs contained. I think it was Thorney that said the cars were still coming out far more expensive than intended however.

100,000 ish per car is around top money stuff in 2011 + misc other, so around 400,000ish for 2 car team maximum compared to Alfa Romeos 5million budget in 1994 - so in todays money around 12 million!!
So unsure what Thorney were expecting

Damper bodies can be adjusted 3 ways but NOT rebuilt during a race weekend, TOCA pulled back from full race dampers (4 way) being multi adjustable purely on cost grounds and to attract smaller less exp teams that couldnt afford full time suspension engineers!! Example:
two different approved piston set ups will be
homologated and these will be the only ones available to the
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