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Chevrolet Optra WTCC race car

Broadcast dates : 7th August 2005
13th August 2005

A new entrant in the 2005 World Touring Car Championship is Chevrolet.

The team is entering under the Chevrolet Europe banner, and running a team of medium-sized Optra models, otherwise known as Daewoo Nubiras in some markets.

The cars are being prepped and run by the famous Ray Mallock team, which took Vauxhall to the British Touring Car title a few years ago.

The WTCC competition is for two-litre four-cylinder series-produced cars, although the race machines have little in the way of standard components beneath their innocent exteriors.

The engine produces over two-hundred kilowatts at eight-thousand four-hundred rpm, and can accelerate the Optra to a hundred kilometres-per-hour in under five seconds, giving the car a top speed of over two-hundred and fifty kilometres-per-hour, depending on circuit gearing.

Transmission is through the front wheels, and a racing spec six-speed sequential gearbox is used.

The driver line-up is strong, and includes past touring car champions Alan Menu and Nicola Larini.

South African enthusiasts, of course, have been hoping for a General Motors return to motorsport locally through its sporty Opel brand.

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