2011 Chevrolet Cruze: World Touring Car Champion
February 14, 2011
Did you know that about the same time we took delivery of our 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ, a UK-based touring car racing team was wrapping up their 2010 racing season with a fleet of Chevrolet Cruzes of their own?
It's true. And they had a pretty good year, too.
In the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), the RML Chevrolet Cruze team won seven races with driver Jason Plato, who also took home the 2010 BTCC drivers' crown. His competition included the Honda Civic Type-R, the BMW 3-series and the Ford Focus, all with 2.0-liter engines.
Barely a month later, the FIA's World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) held its final race of the season in Macau. A different arm of the same team campaigned three Cruzes in the worldwide WTCC series. This time, the Chevrolet Cruze went one better, taking the driver's crown with Yvan Muller while also winning the manufacturer's championship for Chevrolet.
This year, FIA WTCC rules are moving away from 2.0-liter normally aspirated engines to 1.6-liter turbocharged powerplants. BTCC rules are staying put at 2.0-liters.
The 2011 season hasn't started yet, but you may still be able to catch reruns of 2010 events on Speed if you program your DVR to seek them out.
There you have it. How many of you were aware of any of this?
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing