Today’s blog will take a quick look at a NGTC from a touring car drivers perspective!
So what does the inside of a NGTC touring car look like and what technology can we see?
Lets take a look…
As with all race car’s where weight saving is a priority the interior has been entirely stripped out leaving just the bare minimum.
1, All electronic controls and information required by the driver is positioned around the steering column. This is a trait of all recent team dynamics cars including the last Civic, the Integra and 2001 Civic.
It is slightly unusual as the weight of all the cabling and switch gear is surprisingly heavy maybe 2-3kg. A lot of teams choose to mount theses switches much lower to the left of the driver mounted off the floor, to help lower the center of gravity of the car.
These switch will include buttons for controlling a screen blower, wipers, alarm reset etc..
2, Shows the shifter lights, these will illuminate to help show the driver the optimum time to change gear.
3, The electonic dash screen will show rev counter, engine temp, oil pressure, oil temp etc.
4, Buttons on the steering wheel will control often used controls such as car to pit radio controls, main lights, the steering wheel is removable with a quick release coupling to aid the driver getting into and out of the cars.
5, The front right air jack is clearly visible, This exhausts into the car when realeased resulting in the loud roar of compressed air into the car cabin.
This item is a hydraulic line lock, (brake bias is controlled via the pedal box) this lock is used as a kind of hand brake and can keep brake pressure to the rear calipers to prevent the car from rolling. Comment from a reader shown below, informs me, that this item is an additional brake bias control, which is in addition to the pedal box bias. A “handbrake” function is controlled by an electronic solenoid valve which holds the pressure to the rear calipers and is released by pushing a button on the steering wheel.
7, Part of the reason that BTCC racing is so close is the use of success ballast which is awarded to the most successful drivers to equal the field. This shows the ballast box which all BTCC touring cars must be equipped with and is where the cars ballast must be fitted. The ballast it usually flat lead plates and it has to be securely bolted to the cars body.
8, This shows the sequential gear box gear lever, Rather than a “H” pattern gear box found in a standard civic all NGTC will use the Xtrac 6 speed sequencial box, where the gears are slected sequencially by pulling on the lever to progress up through the gear box and push to move down through the gears. The arrow is pointing at the sensor on the gear lever this sensor senses the lever being pushed and kills the ignition for a fractio of a second to help the gear change process.
8, Gear selector lever connection rod. This rod connected one end to the gear lever passes forward through the bulk head and into the engine bay where it connects to the Xtrac gearbox. This connection rod converts the pull or push onto the gear lever into a gear change.
9, Here you can see the cars ECU mounted as close to the floor as possible, so to keep the cars center of gravity as low as possible.
10, Just in view is the cast aluminium AP racing pedal box, This pedal box contains the front brakes master cylinder, the rear brake master cylinder, the clutch master cylinder and throttle pedal which will be connected to the electric fly by wire throttle system.
The pedal box also contains the brake bias system which allows the driver to alter the brake bias from front to rear.
I hope this gives an interesting insite into what we can see inside a BTCC touring car.
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