No, it’s not the Chevrolet Cruze World Touring Car. It sure looks like it, though. The major difference is the turbocharged 2.0L engine for the British Touring Car Championship entrant compared to the turbocharged 1.6L engine seen in the WTCC version. The extra .6 of a liter helps the Cruze BTCC car make around 280 horsepower and 197 pounds-feet of torque and is capable of revving just above 8,500 RPM, according to Motor Trend.
Piloting the the pair of new Cruze race cars will be driver’s champion Jason Plato and 20-year-old Alex MacDowall, who both won a championship together in last year’s Chevy Cruze.
The season opener for the team is Sunday, April 3rd at Brands Hatch in Kent, Great Britain and will broadcast on ITV4 and the ITV website.