World Touring Car Championship

The FIA World Touring Car Championship ( German for World Touring Car Championship, WTCC short ) is advertised by the FIA ​​world championship series for touring cars.

  • 4.1 framework program
  • 6.1 Touring Car World Cup
  • 6.2 World Touring Car Championship
  • 7.1 TV broadcasts
  • 7.2 Computer Games



→ Main article: World Touring Car Championship 1987

From the former European Touring Car Championship was created in 1987, the World Touring Car Championship. The series was a farce with the end just six cars, the accumulated points at all. The winner came out of the BMW driver Roberto Ravaglia, which thus almost 20 years with the prestigious - could boast titles World Touring Car Champion - although actually worthless. After only one year, this race series was discontinued.


In the years 1993-1995 the FIA exclaimed the Touring Car World Cup. Similar to the European Touring Car Cup until 2009 this was just a once a year event taking place. The used at the time in many national racing series Class 2 Regulations of the Super Touring served here as a base. In 1993, the Monza race was held in 1994 in Donington and 1995 in Le Castellet.


Ten years after the last World Touring Car Championship, a World Cup should be advertised again in 1997. The German touring car championship became more international. Therefore, the International Touring Car Championship (ITC ) in 1995 announced that existed alongside the DTM. 1996, there were only the ITC with races overseas. For 1997, now the official FIA world championship was planned, but in 1996 exploded the costs so that two of the three manufacturers ( Opel and Alfa Romeo ) at the end of the season expressed their withdrawal from the race series. What remained was Mercedes -Benz, which alone could deliver no World Cup.


→ Main article: World Touring Car Championship 2005

Only in 2005 it came back to a world championship for touring cars. On 30 June 2004 it was decided by the automotive world federation in Paris, the former European Touring Car Championship ( ETCC ) a World Cup, entitled " World Touring Car Championship " (WTCC ) to convert. But events outside of Europe were not a novelty, because in 2004 the final was played in the ETCC in Dubai. New calendars were Puebla ( Mexico), the Grand Prix circuit in Istanbul ( Turkey) and the famous street circuit of Macau ( China ), which is now officially part of the calendar for the guest appearance in 2004. In contrast to the ETCC in 2004, when they drove in Hockenheim and Oschersleben, the only event in Germany took place at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben near Magdeburg.

The new world championship status woke at several manufacturers Interest: To (previously Daewoo ) to better market the recently renamed earlier in Europe Chevrolet brand, it was decided at General Motors for entry into the motor sports for the WTCC. Together with the British tuner Ray Mallock Limited, the company sent for the first time in its history, a work team to a World Cup stage. As a pilot for the three Chevrolet Lacetti is committed in addition to the two experienced touring car drivers Nicola Larini, who raced in the ETCC for Alfa Romeo, and Alain Menu, who was active in the DTM for Opel, even the young Robert Huff.

Ford also now entered the factory in touring car racing. Before the season, there were Ford internally to determine whether you continue to drive in the World Rally Championship or changes in the WTCC. It was decided to double track to drive. However, the Kölner not dedicated full- plant use in the WTCC, but questioned the Super 2000 touring car newly developed based on the new Ford Focus available to customer teams. A partner of Ford in Touring Car Championship was the team of Hans Hotfiel. Already in 2004, developed the eastern Westphalia the old Focus model that was used in the European Touring Car Championship from the RS- Line team. In the first season but little success from the new Focus was noted.

In Seat there was a German - German exchange of positions. Peter Terting replaced from the 2005 season, Frank Diefenbacher. Terting had previously been active as a racing driver in the VW group over the years. In addition to the VW Lupo Cup and the Seat Leon Supercopa he drove even for Audi in the DTM. For World Championship race at Magny Cours Frank Diefenbacher returned to the WTCC. The team of RS- Line he piloted a year - Focus. However, this was only a short spell as it there after an accident a lumbar burst.

At the Motor Show in Barcelona Seat presented the Super 2000 version of the new Leon, which was developed in close collaboration with Audi Sport. The premiere of Leon at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. In Seat Match in Valencia Jordi Gené celebrated the first victory of Leon.

The Danish Peugeot Sport troops tried this year, this time with the Peugeot 407 Due to the disappointing results with the test races in Spa and Oschersleben it but withdrew after two races back.

Alessandro Zanardi was in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben after his horrific crash in September 2001 at the Euro Speedway Lausitz, where he lost both legs, celebrated his first victory in the highest touring car league.

The World Champion title went to the reigning European champion Andy Priaulx, who was able to prevail, as in the ETCC, in the title match against Dirk Müller. Furthermore, BMW also secured the Manufacturer classification. Marc Hennerici became the first winner of the WTCC Independence Trophy. Follow this could be in Germany in addition to the known transmission on euro sport in the ZDF sports report, the combined reported on the race.


→ Main article: World Touring Car Championship 2006

Modified 2006, the event package of the LG SRW ( Super Racing Weekend), in which the WTCC with the FIA GT championship fought out their race. The two series went their separate ways after this year. This also racing calendar changed: New additions were the race in Curitiba (Brazil), Brands Hatch (Great Britain) and the car Brno (Czech Republic). This required the tracks Spa -Francorchamps in Belgium, soft Imola in Italy and Silverstone in the UK. Yokohama won the tire equipment from this year for the WTCC, sparking from Michelin.

Surprisingly, Alfa Romeo got out of this season of the WTCC. There were many rumors in advance regarding a new touring car based on the Alfa Romeo 147 diesel engine, but this proved true not. continue to put the Alfa Romeo 156 in the WTCC. Despite the departure Alfa transferred the amount for enrolling in the Manufacturers' Championship, the FIA. Thus not scored in the Independent Trophy, the special classification for private drivers, but in the Manufacturers' Championship. As a driver only Augusto Farfus held. Gabriele Tarquini and James Thompson changed to Seat. There they were an enormous gain. We undertook in addition to the previous drivers even Yvan Muller, who supported in previous years the team at some races.

In addition to Alfa Romeo and Ford rose after a very modest year from out of the WTCC. They wanted 2006, the Ford team only technically, but do not support financially. The consequence was, that means no more Ford took in the WTCC. The Ford works team focused again fully to the World Rally Championship.

BMW came into this season with the new 3-series on the basis of the E90. This the first time had a four-cylinder rather than a six-cylinder under the hood. This was achieved by the special edition 320si specially for the Super 2000 touring car. With this model, Andy Priaulx successfully defended his world title. This was until the last race in Macau but still very open, because there were still nine riders theoretical chance of winning the world title. Champion in the Independents' Trophy, Tom Coronel.


→ Main article: World Touring Car Championship 2007

In 2007, the rules changed again. Due to the Start advantage of BMW (because of the rear-wheel drive ) the first race of a race was started in the so-called Indy start. That is, first a warm-up lap is driven and then started "on the fly ". The second rule change this year was the weight distribution. The maximum handicap weight was reduced to 40 kg now received the first eight vehicles weights charged.

Default route in 2007 there was a special feature. With Pau ( France ) and Porto (Portugal ) two city routes were added. Also new were the former Formula 1 circuit at Zandvoort (Netherlands) and Anderstorp in Sweden. Monza (Italy ) was the traditional start of the season now the penultimate station, Macau remained as a season finale.

Augusto Farfus moved in 2007 to the BMW Team Germany. Dirk Müller left the team. Thus, it was the first time an international pairing in this team. Also new was that the team Germany without the numbers 42 and 43 drove. With Augusto Farfus there were also new numbers, 2 and 3, the BMW Team Italy-Spain, the former GP2 driver Félix Porteiro Marcel Costa replaced. The Seat team got Michel Jourdain (ex IndyCar driver) and Tiago Monteiro (from Zandvoort ) than growth. But Peter went Terting, James Thompson and Rickard Rydell, but had Terting a guest start in Oschersleben and Rydell a guest appearance in Sweden for Chevrolet and one in Macau for Seat. Alfa Romeo had next to Thompson committed for the 2007 Olivier Tielemans. The Dutchman had driven previous year in the DTM with Audi of the account team.

In the middle of the season, there were two fuel premieres in the WTCC. From the 13th running of the Swedish Anderstorp paid his Seat Leon with a 2000 cc turbo diesel engine for the drivers Jordi Gené and Yvan Muller. According to the rules FIA Super 2000D of the Seat Leon TDI must be 30 kg heavier than the gasoline powered model. Directly at the following race at Oschersleben Yvan Muller won the first race and thus made ​​history as the first winner ever with a diesel vehicle at a FIA World Championship event. Also in Anderstorp at the start was operated with E85 Volvo S60 Polestar the team.

At the beginning of the season very strong and BMW dominated the top of the drivers' championship changed from race to race only between Andy Priaulx, Augusto Farfus and Jörg Müller. However, at mid-season, the BMW were slowed down by the FIA ​​. At the same time Seat outstanding showing yet with the turbo diesel. The new narrow street circuits came to meet the narrow Chevrolet Lacetti. Chevrolet driver Alain Menu was even with five victories the most successful rider of the year. For BMW it was now possible to win only by the upturned boot order in the second run. The big point lead, the BMW drivers had mid-season, was leveled to the final race in Macau by the competition. Andy Priaulx and Yvan Muller both had 81 points before the race. While Yvan Muller took the first race from position two in attack and directly at the start took the lead, Priaulx just outside the points. But in the penultimate round Muller fell out by a loose fuel pump. Andy Priaulx came into eighth place and thus the pole position for race two. With a victory secured Andy Priaulx his fourth championship and his third in the World Championship in a row. The Independents' Trophy went to Stefano d'Aste.


→ Main article: World Touring Car Championship 2008

New in Calendar 2008 on the lines in Estoril (Portugal ), Imola were (Italy ), Aida (Japan) and Puebla ( Mexico), where in 2007 a ​​race was held. Thus in 2008 a total of 24 world championship races were held. The title itself took the seat - driver Yvan Muller. Privateer champion Sergio Hernández in the BMW.


→ Main article: World Touring Car Championship 2009

As a new track came on the first weekend of May, Marrakech in Morocco in the calendar added. For this was waived Monza. World Champions were in the last race seat and Gabriele Tarquini. In the Independents' Trophy, Tom Coronel won the Seat Leon.


→ Main article: World Touring Car Championship 2010

The economic crisis did not stop at the WTCC. Seat renounced a plant use, Lada leaves the series completely and BMW has only two vehicles a factory. However, the departure of the factory team was compensated by many private teams.


→ Main article: World Touring Car Championship 2011

In the 2011 season, there was now de facto no longer manufacturers' championship since Chevrolet has remained the only manufacturer in this classification. Numerous Seat (after the onset team as " Sunred ") and BMW, as well as a single Volvo complement the field. All manufacturers are now using a new 1.6 -liter turbocharged engine to be as the vehicles sold in the street versions in detail.


→ Main article: World Touring Car Championship 2012

For the 2012 season the qualifying was modified. In addition, now only the 1.6-liter turbo engines were allowed. At the start of the season but the TDI was again admitted because SEAT could not supply enough engines. The Leon stepped back to a SEAT. BMW developed the E90 on. Volvo entered 2012 not more. Honda and LADA started for development and testing purposes to each one unit commitment in 2013 to explore. As expected Chevrolet drove most of the time ahead of the competition. With the Slovakiaring, Salzburg ring and the Sonoma Raceway new routes were added. Became world champion in the last race with Rob Huff Chevrolet.


→ Main article: World Touring Car Championship 2013


→ Main article: World Touring Car Championship 2014

The key points of the Regulations 2014 provide that the vehicles will get about 50 hp more power. In turn, the weight of the race car to fall by 50 kg. The compensation weights used in previous years no longer apply. Instead of the previously used 17 -inch wheels, the vehicles go on 18- inch wheels at the start. The race distance remains with 60km remaining constant. The qualifying races have been increased instead of two to now three session. The flying start ( Indianapolis start ) was again in 2014 replaced by a standing start. As a new manufacturer Citroën in 2014 entered the WTCC.


The factory manufacturers participating in the WTCC change the history of the series almost every year. For vehicles from eight manufacturers were used at the factory in the history of the race series already. In addition, there have been many so-called " privateers " who use both vehicles these brands as well as custom developments based on other vehicles - particularly cars from BMW, Chevrolet and Seat are represented continuously since the founding of the WTCC. This private driver are certainly to victories in the situation; the total score, however, was far always won by a factory team.

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In order to keep costs stable, even the rules of the FIA ​​still applies Super 2000. This means the cars have the FIA regulations of Group A and shall be equipped with an additional kit Super 2000. The standard vehicle has to be produced at least 2500 times in identical units. It is required a minimum weight for front-wheel drive vehicles of 1140 kg for rear-wheel drive, there are at least 1170 kg. Vehicles with four-wheel drive and electronic driver aids such as ABS and ESP are not admitted.

Also required is a 2000 cc aspirated engine with speed limitation: four-cylinder with a maximum of 8500 revolutions per minute, five-cylinder and six-cylinder 8750 with a maximum of 9000 min -1. Alternatively applies the regulations FIA Super 2000D that allows a 2000 cc turbo diesel engine. An engine must be at least four race weekends in a row, hold and may not be changed during this time. Damage occurs or the motor is changed prematurely, the vehicle concerned has to start at the end of the field and is set in the subsequent race in the starting line-up ten places back.

Sequential gearbox instead of the usual H circuit are allowed, but these vehicles are subject to a penalty weight of 30 kg. The number of single tire manufacturer Yokohama is strictly limited for practice, qualifying and races.


BMW 320si

BMW began 2005 with several titles very successful six-cylinder 320i based on the BMW E46 one. As of the 2006 season was a new model at the start, at the International Motor Show ( IAA) was presented to the public in Frankfurt am Main on 12 September 2005. The new racing version was based on a four-cylinder special version of the BMW E90 called the BMW 320si, of which only the required by the regulations, the minimum number of 2,500 units were produced. Published in 2009 a revised version of the BMW 320si.

Vehicle for 2006 according to BMW factory specifications

  • Length: 4535 mm Width: 1845 mm Height: 1350 mm Wheelbase: 2763 mm Vehicle weight: 1140 kg (with driver)
  • Engine: Four-cylinder in-line engine Displacement: 1998 cm ³
  • Power: about 202 kW ( 275 hp ) at about 8300/min
  • Torque: about 242 Nm at 7250/min
  • Cylinder block: Aluminum cylinder block with bedplate
  • Engine management: BMW Motorsport ECU404
  • Fuel tank capacity: about 45 liters
  • Fuel: standard fuel Super Plus unleaded
  • Aerodynamics package: front bumper, rear bumper, front fenders and rear fender flares made ​​of CFRP, rear wing made ​​of aluminum

Vehicle for 2009 according to BMW factory specifications

  • Length: 4539 mm Width: 1845 mm Height: 1350 mm Wheelbase: 2763 mm Vehicle weight: 1155 kg (with driver)
  • Engine: Four-cylinder in-line engine Displacement: 1999 cm ³
  • Power: about 206 kW ( 280 hp ) at about 8300/min
  • Torque: about 245 Nm at 7250/min
  • Cylinder block: Aluminum cylinder block with bedplate
  • Engine management: BMW Motorsport ECU404
  • Fuel tank capacity: about 45 liters
  • Fuel: standard fuel Super Plus unleaded
  • Aerodynamics package: front bumper, rear bumper, front fenders and rear fender flares made ​​of CFRP, rear wing made ​​of aluminum

Chevrolet Lacetti

Vehicle for 2005 according to the Chevrolet factory specifications

  • Engine: Four -cylinder engine Displacement: 1998 cm ³
  • Power: 198 kW ( 270 hp) at 8400/min
  • Torque: 267 Nm at 5880/min
  • Maximum speed: 254 km / (estimated ) h

Chevrolet Cruze

Vehicle for 2009 according to the Chevrolet factory specifications

  • Engine: Four -cylinder engine Displacement: 1998 cm ³
  • Power: 204 kW ( 278 hp) at 8400 min-1
  • Torque: 267 Nm at 5800 min-1
  • Maximum speed: 254 km / (estimated ) h
  • Vehicle weight: 1170 kg (according to FIA regulations )

Seat Leon

Seat Leon 2.0 TFSI

  • Engine: Four -cylinder engine Displacement: 2000 cm ³
  • Power: 194 kW ( 264 hp) at 8500 rpm
  • Torque: 225 Nm at 7000 rpm
  • Maximum speed: 246 km / h
  • Fuel consumption: about 44 l/100 km (estimated)

Seat Leon 2.0 TDI

  • Engine: Four -cylinder turbo diesel engine Displacement: 2000 cm ³
  • Power: 209 kW ( 284 hp) at 4000 rpm
  • Torque: 450 Nm at 2500 rpm
  • Maximum speed: 250 km / h
  • Fuel consumption: about 40.5 l/100 km (estimated)


At one event weekend two races are held at a distance of at least 50 kilometers on Sunday. The starting grid for the first race will be determined beforehand on Saturday in a qualifying session. Within 30 minutes of each best lap time of each individual driver is considered. This rule was modified for the 2012 season. There continue to be conducted two qualifying segments. In the first section, the twelve fastest drivers qualify for the second part of qualifying. The five fastest drivers in this segment will receive points according to the scheme 5-4-3-2-1. The starting grid for the first race is derived from the result of the session. In the second race start the first ten pilots from the second qualifying session in reverse order.

The result in the first race serves as the starting grid for the second race, the first eight riders will start in reverse order. Between the two races stood until 2006, half an hour for service and repair work available. Starting in 2007, is located between the races one more hour break.

There is a driver and a brand championship. The points were awarded in the drivers' championship to 2009 after the former scheme of Formula 1: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1. Since 2010, points will be awarded according to the scheme 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1. In the Manufacturers' Championship, the points of the top two drivers of a brand are counted. Additionally, there is for the private teams the so-called " Independents' Trophy, " distributed by abundant prizes.

The best average men of both races one weekend must zuladen 20 kg during the next run, the second 15 kg, the: In order to keep the championship permanently exciting, the handicap weight control, the opposite of the European Championship ( ETCC ) was extended shall also continue to third, fourth and fifth 10 kg each. The sixth - to eighth -placed must invite 5 kg. The driver on the 9th place can take 5 kg of the car, from the 10th place, these are 10 kg. In addition, drivers must charge for championship points their cars with weight: for every ten full points five kilograms. That is 10 to 19 points 5 kg, 20 to 29 points 10 kg, etc. The sum of all handicap weights, however, to a maximum of 40 kg and a minimum of -10 kg is limited. The additional weights are recalculated after each event.

Framework Programme

In three of the six events taking place in Europe the European Touring Car Cup is a guest.


Overall winner

Touring Car World Cup

World Touring Car Championship

Media presence

TV broadcasts

Under the motto of the WTCC " Real Cars, Real Racing " the races on Euro Sport or Euro Sport 2, chaired by Dirk Adorf and Uwe Winter will be broadcast live.

Computer Games

With race, the successors Race07 and RaceOn of SimBin Studios three official WTCC racing games have been published.