The BMW teams have finalised their pre-season testing schedule before heading over to Brazil for the season-opening round of the World Touring Car Championship, with former WTCC pilot Augusto Farfus trying out the car marker’s new turbocharged model.
BMW held a two-day test at Italy’s Vallelunga circuit where the ROAL Motorsport and Liqui Moly Engstler outfits were present.
Farfus ran in a BMW 320TC mule, testing out the new 1.6-litre turbo engine and running 143 trouble-free laps.
The 320TC features some minor cosmetic changes from its predecessor, the naturally-aspirated 320si. Air vents on the bonnet are larger and located more centrally, and the new car also features a larger air intake on the front splitter.
For ROAL Motorsport, Tom Coronel completed his second day of running in his new turbocharged car, with the Dutchman steadily getting to grips with the different handling properties of the rear-wheel-drive turbo.
Also present at the test were the Liqui Moly Engstler representatives of owner-driver Franz Engstler, his team-mate Kristian Poulsen, and Hong Kong based driver Marchy Lee.
[Original images via FIA WTCC official site]
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