Some of our bodyshop and workshop technicians swapped servicing and MOTs to get under some exciting racing bonnets, with an exclusive visit to the Vauxhall British Touring Car Championships (BTTC) factory.
Meeting race engineers from the Vauxhall British Touring Car Championships team at the factory in Warwickshire, our technicians discovered the difference between the two worlds with a behind the scenes tour. Seeing the work that goes into all stages of building cars for championships, the team also discovered the differences between road and race cars.
With 2017 being the first time since the early 2000s that Vauxhall have been represented as a manufacturer in touring cars, our team members caught a glimpse of the 2017 Vauxhall BTTC Astras, as well as Tom Chilton's winning Astra and the #18 car, which is driven by 18 year old Senna Proctor. The engine in the #18 is designed to be removed, have components replaced and be put back into the car in less than an hour and a half.
Our team also saw how all machinery is thought out to help reduce racing times by thousands of a second, with a tour of the Sub Assembly area demonstrating a shock dynometer and HEL braided brake hose machine.
Dealer Principal at Evans Halshaw Vauxhall Wolverhampton, Ben Vale, commented:
"It was fascinating to see how our worlds are so similar, yet so far apart. It was clear that everyone at Power Maxed absolutely loved what they did and were proud to show us exactly what they did and how they did it."