Motorsports: Mercedes A-Class goes touring in BTCC

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class BTCC

At the Frankfurt Motor Show a couple of weeks ago, Mercedes-Benz showcased a concept racecar based on the CLA. But it looks like its hatchback counterpart will be turning its wheels in anger before the four-door coupe gets a chance.

The A-Class is being prepared for competition in the British Touring Car Championship by Ciceley Racing, which currently competes in the series with a Toyota Avensis – sponsored by a Mercedes dealership – which the team will continue racing until the end of the season, at which point they’ll put it up for sale.

The new Mercedes is being built to comply with the cost-effective Next Generation Touring Car regulations that call for a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with direct injection, overboost, throttle by wire and an Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission. It’ll be driven by the team’s current driver (and former Ginetta GT Supercup champion) Adam Morgan when it debuts for the 2014 season opener at Brands Hatch in March.

The team-driven expansion into the BTCC further extends Mercedes’ reach in touring car racing around the world. Benz recently made a similar move into the V8 Supercars championship Down Under while the factory supports its own DTM outfit and also sees its cars competing in Italy’s Superstars series, to name just a few. Feel free to read the official announcement below.

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