2022 ‘TOCA ENGINE’ SET FOR ON-TRACK DEBUT
The new-for-2022 ‘TOCA Engine’ is set to hit the track imminently after chosen supplier M-Sport successfully completed the latest stage of its ongoing development.
BTCC Series Organiser, TOCA, awarded a five-year contract for the supply of a new engine to M-Sport last year, with the global motorsport industry leader being tasked with the challenge to develop, build and supply the TOCA Engine to the UK’s premier motorsport series from 2022-2026.
The all–new TOCA Engine will be highly competitive with proven durability, strict cost-controls and available to any team on a fully-maintained lease basis should they not wish to carry out their own engine programme. In 2020 some 55% of all cars on the BTCC grid used a TOCA Engine.
In recent weeks, the engine development phase has been completed on the dyno – see video of the unit being run through its paces during a data-driven lap of Oulton Park – whilst the validation engine will now be sealed ahead of a durability programme on the transient dyno to simulate all ten events using track data from the 2019 BTCC season.
Simultaneously, the development engine will be fitted into the Hybrid Test Car with in-car engine testing to be commenced in the coming days.
Much of this initial track work will be carried out on the track at the new M-Sport Test Facility and will cover close–running testing and heat soak, before a full rigorous test programme – including hybrid integration – is undertaken.
Development will continue on the new-specification engine throughout the year as M-Sport also works closely with Cosworth – the latter having been awarded the contract to design, supply and service the new BTCC Hybrid System, which will also be introduced in 2022.
Nigel Arnfield, Head of Engine Development at M-Sport, said:
“Things are progressing very well on the design and testing of the new TOCA Engine. The engine development phase is now complete with over 50 successful power tests and 40 simulated laps of Oulton Park having been undertaken.
We have also finished the ECU calibration on the all–new Cosworth Antares platform and in the next couple of weeks will begin initial in-car calibration work in the Hybrid test car.
Despite all of the additional challenges that all businesses are facing at the moment, I am happy to say that the development is on time and going to plan.”