NEW BMW 120D SE­RIES PLANNED

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The Toyo Tyres Rac­ing Sa­loons Cham­pi­onship will in­tro­duce a new class for the Ger­man mar­que’s 120d model this year, which could form the ba­sis of a new sin­gle-make se­ries.

Se­ries or­gan­is­ers have opted to in­tro­duce the new 1 Se­ries ma­chine as a re­ac­tion to in­creas­ing costs in the sis­ter Pro­duc­tion BMW Cham­pi­onship, which caters for the pop­u­lar 318 and 320 ver­sions of the E30.

The cost of spares and build for the E30s, which were pro­duced be­tween 1983-1990, has risen steeply, lead­ing to se­ries bosses eval­u­at­ing a new car for the fu­ture.

The 120d runs a two-litre diesel en­gine pro­duc­ing 220bhp and 450Nm of torque in race trim and a Quaife lim­ited slip dif­fer­en­tial.

“We looked around for op­tions and mod­els such as the Com­pacts and M cars are al­ready catered for, yet the 1 Se­ries is hugely pop­u­lar and mod­ern,” said cham­pi­onship head John Will­cocks.

“The E30s are still su­perb cars, but parts are get­ting harder to find. A head­light used to cost £5, and now costs about £100. Spares for the 120d are cheap and the cars are sim­ple to main­tain.

“The 1 Se­ries cost only £10,000 to build and donor cars are un­der £2000. Us­ing a diesel en­gine is also dif­fer­ent but they’re good for rac­ing. With that much torque the ac­cel­er­a­tion is great and they are very en­ter­tain­ing on the track.

“The plan is to get around five cars built this year and run them in TTRS for de­vel­op­ment and then have stand­alone races as soon as we have enough cars. We’ll con­tinue with the E30s also as they still ap­peal to many peo­ple. But this gives driv­ers an ex­tra op­tion.”

New BMW 120d runs a 220bhp tuned en­gine

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