TCR revises pre-season Balance of Performance test
The pre-season Balance of Performance test for TCR cars has been revised ahead of the 2019 season to include only newly-homologated models.
In previous years, every model would be represented in the tests, with a nominated test driver being brought in to drive each car before the BoP was set.
For 2019, only newly-homologated cars will take part in the test, with the Hyundai Veloster N, Lynk & Co 03, Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce, Lada Vesta Sport and Renault Mégane all scheduled to be on track.
Whilst the Hyundai and Lynk & Co are are new cars for TCR competition, the remaining three are existing cars that have undergone various updates over the course of the winter.
The test will take place on February 17th at Valencia’s Circuito Ricardo Tormo, with the performance of each car being ‘compared to that of a homologated TCR model that will be named in due course’ – with a series of static checks on all models completing the BoP process.
That will include engine power, torque and boost pressure testing at ORAL Engineering in early February, with downforce and drag testing in the Pininfarina wind tunnel at Grugliasco at the end of January.
The initial BoP will then be adopted from the beginning of the season by those series covered by the TCR regulations, with adjustments made according to both the compensation weight system and the regulations of each championship as the year goes on.