MG joins BTCC for the 2012 season

Added 10/04/2012

Motorsport fans globally have warmly welcomed the return of SMTC UK sister company MG Motor UK to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship for the 2012 season. The MG6 GT, engineered and designed by SMTC UK, is the base vehicle chosen by the new team. Already an accomplished performer on the road, the cars have been readied for the track with assistance from SMTC UK engineers.

The two cars fielded by the new race team, known as MG KX Momentum Racing (principal sponsors are KX Energy Drink and Tesco Momentum 99 fuel) are driven by Double BTCC Champion Jason Plato and upcoming talent Andy Neate. Triple Eight Race Engineering, one of the most successful constructors in BTCC history, have built and prepared the cars for MG's first works touring car entry since 2003.

Engineers from SMTC UK's Body Engineering department worked closely with engineers from Triple Eight using industry leading CAD software to design the roll cages for the new race cars. The roll cage is a critical component in the vehicle, where high speeds and close racing action sometimes call for this intricately engineered structure to perform a life saving role. The roll cage, combined with the already high strength bodyshell engineered by Body Engineering enables the best on-track performance to be realised from the chassis systems.

MG has a long sporting tradition, with previous entries in the BTCC, Le Mans 24 Hours, British and World Rally Championships amongst the marque's credits. The return to motorsport has excited many, with BTCC Series Director Alan Gow saying: "This is fantastic news for all the fans who follow the BTCC, either in their hundreds of thousands trackside or in their vast millions watching on TV in both the UK and many other regions around the globe".

He added "MG is one of motoring's truly evocative names so its BTCC campaign will, I'm sure, really capture the public's imagination."

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