BRC Diesel Cup for 2007
The Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship has launched a Diesel Cup for the 2007 season.
The move, a first for rallying in the UK, provides for an exciting new category of rally car and acknowledges the importance of diesel vehicles which
now make up over a third of British road car sales and represent one of the automotive industry's biggest growth areas.
“Diesel cars are becoming more popular on the roads, more manufacturers are homologating them for motorsport and we want to recognise that in their own category in the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship,” says BRC Manager, Mark Taylor.
“Rallying should still seek to provide car manufacturers and importers with a marketing opportunity by creating an environment where they can showcase their products. The high performance currently gained from modern diesel engines is phenomenal yet it is balanced by outstanding fuel economy. These cars should be very competitive and this class will help lift ‘oil burners' into a new light.
“There has been significant interest in this concept and we find the project extremely exciting in helping to develop alternative fuelled engines.”
The diesel-powered cars will be homologated as Rally 4 (Group N4) cars, eligible for outright class and rally honours as well as having their own Cup series.
The cars will be two wheel drive and those evaluated have shown very impressive performance, especially on asphalt surfaces.
A control fuel for the category is under consideration with the emphasis on environmental concerns and biofuel is at the fore of these evaluations.
“Environmental concerns are at the forefront of our minds with all developments for the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship and the diesel category will very much adhere to this principle,” says Taylor.