Lotus conducts turbo boost test
1 November 2011 – An in-depth British Touring Car engine test is currently being conducted by Lotus Engineering, designed to establish how much turbo boost pressure each engine should be allowed for the 2012 season. This follows a 2011 campaign full of controversy amongst teams, with the turbo boosts being adjusted throughout the year.
“The purpose of this programme is not to make every race engine perform in exactly the same way,” explains BTCC Series Director Alan Gow. “It’s only right that the best engineering, the best design, the best teams and, of course, the best drivers still see their efforts related to their on-track performances.
“The test programme is simply to reduce any wide performance variances resulting from significant differences in the fundamental port/valve designs of the original production engines. It will identify and quantify those that produce superior airflow through the cylinder head and those that don’t, in order that their baseline turbo boost pressure is set accordingly.
“The important thing is that our teams have unanimously agreed to both the process of the flow-testing and to the introduction of the boost-adjustment calculation method during the season, as they all very much recognise the huge positive benefits it will have for everyone.”
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