The British Touring Car series organiser, TOCA, has announced it has awarded a five-year contract for the supply of a new NGTC-spec ‘TOCA’ engine to Swindon Engines.
Swindon has been supplying TOCA with NGTC-specification engines, which are designed to be ‘cost competitive with proven durability’, since the introduction of the NGTC regulations back in 2011. With that term concluding next year, the new contract will take the partnership through to 2021.
Nine engine manufacturers entered the first phase of the tender process, from which a four-strong shortlist was selected to present to a Review Panel comprising of TOCA and some nine BTCC teams – which included teams using TOCA engines and all other major engines run in the Championship.
As with the current agreement, engines will be available for both lease and purchase, with Swindon Engines providing comprehensive engineer and technical support at all BTCC race meetings and TOCA test days, at which they will also make spare engines available.
“I would like to congratulate Swindon Engines on the award of this new contract to supply the new ‘TOCA’ engine until 2021,” commented Alan Gow, BTCC series director. “As we witnessed with the recent chassis, suspension and associated components tender, awarding this contract was certainly not merely a foregone conclusion for an existing supplier. Swindon’ tender and presentation was of the highest calibre and they were clearly voted for by a BTCC review panel, which included personnel from teams that use the ‘TOCA’ engine and others that use their own power units.
“Over the last five years TOCA, Swindon and the BTCC teams have worked closely together on developing what was already a very impressive product, and we look forward to continuing with this philosophy into the next decade,” he concluded.